Catholics United for the Poor
2013 Annual Report
CUP, a coalition of non-profit agencies united since 1985, offers 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; they counsel and serve with personalized attention and a minimum of administrative costs.
Even though the economy seems to be improving, 2013 brought more calls from people in need who did know where to turn. Because our kind supporters answered the call for help, the CUP agencies were able to provide needed relief and resources to help them back to their feet. We are truly grateful for their generosity and concern which allows us to serve the homeless, low-income, and working poor each day.
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 2013, CUP disbursed $126,700 to its member agencies to support programs that aid the poor.
Summarized Financial Data
CUP Agency Reports
Bethany House Services (BHS) collaborates with other agencies to provide a full range of housing, education, and assistance programs to homeless families. Holistic services, including emergency shelter, comprehensive case management, post shelter support, transitional housing services and permanent affordable rental housing, address a family's current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness. In 2013, emergency shelter was provided for 394 woman and children along with 11,669 supervised shelter nights and 23,587 meals. Educational programs included Life Skills Literacy, Parenting Plus, Budgeting, Nutrition, and Health and Safety. Both the Rapid Re-Housing and the Family Transitional Housing Programs move families from the family shelters in Hamilton County into permanent housing. In 2013, Family Transitional Housing assisted 48 homeless families and the Rapid Re-housing program stabilized 93 families. Bethany Homes provided permanent, affordable housing for 25 households. The Family Shelter Partnership Program, a BHS initiative, provided coordinated access, shelter, case management, and essential stabilization services for over 2,513 homeless women and children in five family shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area. 150 households benefited from post shelter support services with 2,898 follow-up interactions. 3,570 information and referral requests were met.
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 2013, the staff and our generous volunteers and benefactors gave 3,850 hours of their time, provided 21,086 showers and laundered over 20,260 bags of laundry for more than 1,800 brothers and sisters in need. 527 of them were first time guests. We also helped them by providing 2,852 pairs of pants, 3,515 shirts and t-shirts, 4,850 socks and 2,907 pair of underwear.
Mercy Health - St. John, a comprehensive social service agency, works to improve the health of our community with an emphasis on people who are poor and underserved. In September 2012, St. John began providing medical services to augment the social services offered to individuals and families throughout Greater Cincinnati. In 2013, St. John provided 226 clinic visits to 179 patients. The Social Services Department provided emergency cash assistance (252 households), food and personal care items (1,783 households), and clothing (1,152) to support families with basic needs. St. John's Emergency Family Shelter provided housing and supportive services to 133 families comprised of 416 children and 177 adults. The Bridges Program, a job training program specializing in computer skills and professional development, provided three, 12 week series of classes consisting of close to 60 participants per series. The Annual Circle of Giving Program distributed gifts to 1,001 individuals in 240 families during the holiday season.
Our Daily Bread (ODB) has been providing food and hospitality to the poor of Over-the-Rhine and the surrounding neighborhoods since January 1985. Our ministry strives to provide stability and hope to our guests by offering not just a warm meal, but also providing social services and a place for guests to socialize in a safe, respectful, caring environment. Located on Race Street across from Findlay Market, ODB serves more than 500 mid-day meals Monday through Friday. ODB operates with the help of volunteers and a small staff, which includes individuals who have been guests themselves, but have made positive lifestyle changes with the help of ODB. ODB also offers a Lunch on Legs program for neighborhood seniors, an after-school Kids Club, and social activities such as Bingo, Book Club, and Movie Days.
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 serve 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 2013, with the help of over 48,700 volunteer hours, the Kitchens served approximately 245,100 meals and the Pantry distributed groceries to about 6,200 individuals and families.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) has been providing life's basic necessities to Greater Cincinnatians in need for more than 140 years. The safety net of SVDP extends into virtually every neighborhood in Cincinnati through 58 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 2013, SVDP came to the aid of those in need more than 120,000 times, bringing material relief and emotional comfort.
Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home. In 2013, Tender Mercies served 220 residents with permanent and transitional supportive housing, conducted 156 resident activities (including 32 outings), and assisted 146 residents with income, which included twelve with employment. Volunteers prepared and served 96,543 individual meals and gave approximately 104,300 hours of their time. Ninety percent of residents came directly from shelters or places not meant for humans to live and 94% exited to permanent housing solutions.
CUP Board of Trustees for 2013Sr. 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
Officers of CUP for 2013Liz Carter, President and Chair
Pat Wakim, Vice President
Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti, Secretary
Russell Winters, Treasurer