Catholics United for the Poor
2012 Annual Report
CUP is a coalition of non-profit agencies providing direct services to the low income, working poor, and homeless of Greater Cincinnati since 1985.
In 2012 CUP continued to experience a higher demand for services. Our faithful supporters came through with the help the families we serve needed. We appreciate the time, talents, and resources everyone shared with us.
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 2012, CUP disbursed $156,700 to its member agencies to support programs that 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 2012, BHS provided comprehensive Emergency Shelter and programming which included such programs as: Life Skills Literacy, Parenting Plus, Budgeting, Nutrition, Health and Safety to 389 homeless women and children. Post Shelter Support Services, which helps vulnerable families maintain self-sufficiency and housing, numbered 1,447 instances. BHS supervised 14,126 shelter nights, prepared 22,797 meals, and fielded 9,384 requests for information and referrals. Transitional Housing served 30 families, while Rapid Re- Housing had 77 families. Bethany Homes provided permanent, affordable housing for 25 households. The Family Shelter Partnership Program, a BHS initiative, provided coordinated access, case management, and essential stabilization services for over 2,048 homeless women and children in five family shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area. The outcomes in all of the programs met or exceeded funding requirements to be considered a success.
Mary Magdalen House, believing 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 2012, the staff, together with generous volunteers and benefactors, gave 3,900 hours of their time, provided 21,700 showers and laundered over 20,770 bags of laundry for more than 1,800 brothers and sisters in need. Mary Magdalen House also helped guests with 2,800 pairs of pants, 2,000 shirts, 5,000 socks and 2,900 undergarments.
Mercy Health - St. John, a comprehensive social service agency, works to improve the health and well-being of our community with a focus on the poor and underserved. In September 2012, St. John opened a medical clinic with a nurse practitioner, providing 174 patient encounters through December. The Social Services Department provided emergency cash assistance, food, clothing, personal care, and household items to 10,243 individuals. The Temporary Housing Shelter Program benefited 126 families with 552 family members, of whom 390 were children. 3,401 individuals received a 3-day supply of emergency food and the Sandwich Window served 91,400 free lunches. The Bridges Program, a job training program specializing in computer skills and professional development, trained 198 adults. There were 412 active participants in the Youth Development Program and the Annual Circle of Giving Program distributed gifts to 950 individuals in 235 families during the holiday season. During 2012, St. John served 17% of the households in Over-the-Rhine and 11% of the households in South Fairmount, however our clients and patients live throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.
For more than 140 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has been providing life's basic necessities to Greater Cincinnatians in need. The safety net of SVDP extends into virtually every neighborhood in Cincinnati through 57 parish-based volunteer groups. People in need of medicine find help at the Charitable Pharmacy. Individuals in job training programs come to SVDP for work clothes. Families moving out of homeless shelters find mattresses, dishes, furniture and other essential items for setting up house. People in danger of losing their homes find respite through rent and utility assistance until they get back on their feet. Those facing hunger find help through the SVDP system of pantries and food closets. In 2012, SVDP came to the aid of those in need more than 100,000 times, bringing material relief and emotional comfort.
Our Daily Bread (ODB) has been providing food and hospitality to the poor of Over-the-Rhine and surrounding neighborhoods since January 1985. ODB feeds those who hunger for dignity, friendship and community, in addition to food. Located on Race Street across from Findlay Market, ODB served more than 500 mid-day meals from Monday through Friday. ODB operated with the help of volunteers and a small staff, which included individuals who have been guests themselves, but have encountered obstacles finding employment elsewhere. ODB also offered a supplemental food pantry, "Lunch on Legs" for neighborhood seniors, an after-school "Kids Café," and social activities such as Bingo and Movie Days. A licensed social worker was also available to assist guests with needs beyond food.
Over-the-Rhine Kitchen (the oldest soup kitchen in Cincinnati), Walnut Hills Kitchen and Walnut Hills Pantry strive to help alleviate hunger in the community by serving the poor in an environment of respect, care and hospitality. The Kitchens and Pantry serves a population consisting of disadvantaged people who lack the financial means, mental capacity, housing, and/or life skills to provide for themselves. These services are provided to meet the basic need for food and water and attempt to improve quality of life. During 2012, with the help of over 49,200 volunteer hours, the Kitchens served approximately 254,900 meals and the Pantry distributed groceries to about 7,700 individuals and families.
Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home. In 2012, Tender Mercies served 218 residents with permanent and transitional supportive housing, conducted 140 resident activities including 27 outings, and assisted 153 residents with income. Volunteers prepared and served 84,680 individual meals and gave approximately 101,600 hours of their time.
Visions Community Services (VISIONS) 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. During 2012, these services benefited 101 parents and VISIONS's nationally accredited early childhood education program for children 6 weeks to 5 years old helped prepare 136 children to succeed in school.
CUP Board of Trustees for 2012Sr. Mary Stanton, Executive Director of Bethany House Services
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Executive Director of Mary Magdalen House
Gwen Finegan, Executive Director of Mercy Health - St. John
Tyler Pettigrew, 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 2012Liz Carter, President and Chair
Pat Wakim, Vice President
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Secretary
Marcia Simmons, Treasurer