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Churches Active in Northside

Mission Statement

CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community.


About Us

CAIN is a 501(c)3 award-winning non-profit organization that exemplifies churches working together across denominational lines and in conjunction with other organizations, groups, schools, and businesses.

CAIN is a neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community.

CAIN is committed to hospitality and serving our guests with respect and dignity to remove barriers of stigma and shame for seeking assistance.

CAIN assists 45223 ZIP code households who are low-income and under-resourced with food and other necessities, meals, and shelter offered as tangible expressions of God's love.

Rainbow Choice Food Pantry offers both day and evening hours to increase access to healthy, high-quality, and safe food for food-insecure families in Northside.

Phil's Place is a free community weekly dinner that provides food, fosters a sense of belonging and builds community.

Grace Place offers temporary transitional housing (up to one year) without cost to women - with or without children - who are in transition from homelessness. In a home-like setting, resident guests are given time and healthy, loving support to address the problems that underlie their homelessness.

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What We Do

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Our work is centered on the food and nutritional needs of low-income households. Locally, CAIN is a pioneer in efforts to provide nutrient-dense food including fresh produce. From our leadership with the Northside Farmers Market to giving away vegetable plants to having a community garden, CAIN often distributes more than 500 pounds of produce in a week. Unfortunately, this is not enough to give five daily servings to its 400 monthly guests. As detailed earlier, there is no grocery store in the 45223 ZIP code; CAIN’s service area is a food desert. Because improving diet is so closely related to so many positive physical and mental health outcomes, it is a constant area of focus. CAIN is continually improving how we can practically impart nutrition and health information. Our demonstration and sampling area is being developed and refined. In January of this year, we instituted a kitchen item section to the pantry so families can receive needed utensils and equipment to encourage cooking. In January 2014, CAIN expanded its hospitality ministry by assuming responsibility for the Grace Place Catholic Worker Community in College Hill, a provider of transitional housing for homeless women with or without children for over sixteen years. CAIN’s Grace Place Program offers temporary transitional housing (up to one year) without cost to women - with or without children - who are in transition from homelessness. In a home-like setting, resident residents are given time and healthy, loving support to address the problems that ...See More underlie their homelessness, including unemployment, mental illness and addiction. Grace Place is a clean and sober house, and residents must be in active recovery. Residents receive Guest Advocacy services to complement the community-based case management services which are required for admission to Grace Place. Show Less

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