CAIN (Churches Active in Northside) is working on developing a welcoming and functional facility to enable centralization of supportive resources for CAIN’s three ministries: Rainbow Choice Food Pantry, Grace Place Shelter for women and children, and Phil’s Place weekly Community Meal. This home will encourage, strengthen and nurture CAIN’s collaborative efforts within and beyond the Northside Community.
In June 2015, thanks to a generous bequest from Annette Liebing, CAIN purchased the house and property next door to our current ministry center and pantry. This house has been the home of the pastor (Rev Deb) of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church since 2000. She had always graciously allowed use of her property outside the structure itself as it had originally been the intention that CAIN would one day expand its campus to include both properties.
Now that the property acquisition is complete, CAIN is embarking on the next steps to convert the existing buildings to the envisioned space. An expanded storage unit will be built at the rear of the new property which will increase offerings of fresh produce and other items. The front yard will be converted to much needed parking and outside gathering space. First floor renovations will provide space for guest hospitality, volunteer training, community meetings additional programmatic initiatives such as literacy, healthy food and lifestyle programs to offer additional supportive services to Northside residents in need. The second floor will provide rooms for four live-in volunteers who will serve at CAIN, Grace Place and in the community. The remaining part of the Hospitality House project will center on development, program implementation, and sustainability.
CAIN is actively seeking input from Northside residents. A series of community gatherings will be held in September and October. Each will have a specific focus: Episcopal Legacy; Northside neighborhood; faith community and CAIN churches; and Construction and Builders. Contact Steve Lemen at (513) 319-3458 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or MiMi Chamberlin at 513-591-2246 (email@example.com) for more information on how you may become involved.
AUTHORS: Steve and Lisa Lemen
Lisa and Steve Lemen came to Northside from downtown in April 2012. They love our neighborhood’s eclectic nature and wonderful people. Lisa is a medical physicist and current faculty member of UC’s College of Medicine. Steve represents Christ Church Cathedral on CAIN’s Board.