Catholics United for the Poor
2010 Annual Report
CUP is a coalition of eight non-profit agencies providing direct services to the low income, working poor, and homeless of Greater Cincinnati since 1985.
Due to the economy, families who had never needed assistance found themselves seeking help in 2010. This additional need for services put a strain on CUP and its agencies' resources. Thanks to our community of kind supporters who responded and shared what they had, these families received the assistance they needed.
The agencies within CUP offer a variety of services to meet the needs of the diversified group of individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati. While the services are unique to each agency, the method of delivery is common. Each agency counsels and serves people with personalized attention, and at a minimum of administrative costs.
The mission of CUP is to raise awareness about the plight of the poor in the Cincinnati area.
Financial ReportCUP operates on a calendar-year basis. During 2010, CUP disbursed $157,000 to its member agencies to support programs to aid the poor.
Summarized Financial Data
CUP Agency Reports
Bethany House Services (BHS) collaborates with others to provide a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and disadvantaged women and children. In 2010 the staff, board and volunteers at BHS provided comprehensive emergency shelter and programming which included such programs as: Life Skills Literacy, Parenting Plus, and Let's Get Organized to 443 homeless women and children. Post Shelter Support Services, which helps vulnerable families maintain self-sufficiency and housing, numbered 2,147. BHS supervised 14,126 shelter nights, prepared 24,797 meals, and fielded 12,978 requests for information or referral. BHS provided Transitional Housing services for 68 families in 2010. Bethany Homes provided permanent, affordable housing for 40 households during 2010. The Family Shelter Partnership Program, a BHS initiative, provides coordinated access, case management and essential stabilization services for over 2,000 homeless women and children in the five family shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Mary Magdalen House, believing that hope goes hand-in-hand with dignity, is an oasis of hospitality, offering a safe, pleasant place to shower, shave, brush teeth, use a phone and receive messages and mail. Mary Magdalen House also provides clean clothes and laundry services to those who need them. In 2010, the staff, together with generous volunteers and benefactors, gave 4,850 hours of their time, provided 21,700 showers and laundered over 21,100 bags of laundry for more than 2,000 brothers and sisters in need.
Mercy Franciscan at St. John works to improve the health of our community, with a focus on the poor and underserved. The agency offers emergency assistance and self-sufficiency programs that served a total of 90,593 people in 2010. St. John's Social Services Department provided support to 5,285 individuals. Temporary shelter benefited 735 individuals, food and clothing more than 6,671, and the Sandwich Window served 75,185 free lunches. The Bridges Program, a job training program specializing in computer skills and professional development, trained 166 adults. The Family Development Program and the Positively Empowering Parents Program counseled 62 individuals. There were 745 active participants in our Youth Development Programs and the annual Circle of Giving program distributed gifts to 455 families (1864 individuals) during the holiday season.
Our Daily Bread has been providing food and hospitality to the poor of Over-the-Rhine and surrounding neighborhoods since January 1985. Our Daily Bread feeds those who hunger for dignity, friendship and community, in addition to food. Located on Race Street across from Findlay Market, Our Daily Bread serves more than 500 mid-day meals, Monday through Friday. It operates with the help of volunteers and a small staff, which includes individuals who have been guests themselves, but have encountered obstacles finding employment elsewhere. Our Daily Bread also offers a supplemental food pantry, "Lunch on Legs" for neighborhood seniors, an after-school "Kids Café," and social activities including Bingo and Movie Days. A licensed social worker is available to assist guests with their needs beyond food.
Over-the-Rhine Kitchen (Oldest Soup Kitchen in Cincinnati), Walnut Hills Kitchen and Walnut Hills Pantry strive to help alleviate hunger in our community by serving the poor in an environment of respect, care and hospitality. The population we serve consists of disadvantaged people who lack the financial means, the mental capacity, the housing, and/or the life skills to provide themselves with a hot, nutritious meal. Among our guests, we see the mentally ill, the elderly poor, the unemployed working poor, underemployed, and the homeless. Through our services, we seek to meet their basic needs for food and water and attempt to improve their quality of life. Annually, with the help of over 55,000 volunteer hours, the Kitchens serve approximately 212,666 meals and the Pantry distributes groceries to about 9,782 individuals and families.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, through community support and 58 parish-based volunteer groups, has helped relieve the burdens of families in need since 1869. In 2010, SVDP helped over 81,000 people with basic necessities: groceries, medicine, rent and utility assistance, clothing, household items and furniture. Special programs include the Fan and Coat Drives that help families survive harsh weather conditions; Operation BootStrap, a job readiness program that encourages self-sufficiency and Adopt-A-Family that shares the blessings of Christmas with families.
Tender Mercies provides housing and support services to homeless individuals who have histories of mental and/or emotional disabilities. In 2010, Tender Mercies served over 200 residents with permanent and transitional supportive housing, prepared and served 76,400 individual meals, conducted 136 resident activities including 24 outings, and assisted118 residents with income. Volunteers gave 93,600 hours of their time.
Visions Community Services provides crisis intervention, case management, and counseling to low-income young parents to enable them to escape poverty. Through parenting groups and other programs, VISIONS encourages parents to finish school and/or pursue employment. These services benefited 112 parents in 2010. VISIONS also offers nationally accredited early childhood education for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. In 2010 VISIONS helped to prepare 159 children to succeed in school.
CUP Board of Trustees for 2010Sr. Mary Stanton, Executive Director of Bethany House Services
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Executive Director of Mary Magdalen House
Ericka Copeland, Executive Director of Mercy Franciscan at St. John
Sr. Mary Beth Peters, Executive Director of Our Daily Bread
Pat Wakim, Executive Director of Over-the-Rhine Kitchen, Walnut Hills Kitchen and Walnut Hills Pantry
Liz Carter, Executive Director of Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Russell Winters, Executive Director of Tender Mercies
Marcia Simmons, Executive Director of Visions Community Services
Officers of CUP for 2010Liz Carter, President and Chair
Sr. Mary Beth Peters, Vice President
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Secretary
Marcia Simmons, Treasurer
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