There are times when we just cannot do it alone, nor do we need to. Within our community there are resources to help.
Assistance with Shelter/ Housing
Plumb Line Ministry-Founded in 1988, our Plumb Line ministry today is one of our congregation’s primary ministries. It is administered by volunteers and funded by the cathedral’s Mission Endowment Fund and the Outreach Committee. Volunteers work out of a cathedral office to help people who are facing eviction from their homes or who are in need of a gift from our food pantry. Fifteen social service agencies refer people to the Plumb Line. We serve more than 300 people a year and commit over $100,000 annually to the work of this ministry.The name of the ministry comes from Scripture. Just as God used a plumb line to the help the Hebrews live righteous lives, the Plumb Line volunteers strive to “straighten the walls” within Cincinnati by giving rental assistance to those at risk of being evicted.For more information, call 513.842.2062.
Shelterhouse– Every day, Shelterhouse provides shelter, safety and nourishment to 210 homeless men and women who otherwise would go without. Through their two gender-based, low-barrier shelters, they empower residents with holistic case management, health and employment services – while helping them to secure permanent housing.
Anna Louise Inn– The Anna Louise Inn has been providing safe and affordable housing for single women since 1909. It is a safe harbor, offering a community of women a sense of home. Often our residents have nowhere else to go, and we provide the stability they need to offer them hope and independence.
Interfaith Hospitality Network– Since 2005, our cathedral has been an active participant of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, providing warm and safe shelter to families who are homeless four times a year. Other congregations open their churches and synagogues to families in need other times during the year. All total, over 90 congregations in the Cincinnati area participate in this ministry, serving either as a host facility or by providing support services.The cathedral hosts up to five families who are homeless for one week at a time.
Habitat for Humanity– Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Our 5000 Club Food Ministry at Christ Church Cathedral- 5000 Club began in the spring of 2006 as an effort to provide the hospitality of a weekly evening meal to those who in live in our neighborhood, including those without a home to call their own. This program has grown to serve more than 200 meals a week. Patrons are asked to arrive at the cathedral at 4:30pm on Tuesday nights to share a meal.
Local free food pantries- The greater Cincinnati Ohio area is supported by numerous free food pantries, churches, banks, and charities. Find details and locations of the various places to turn to for free or low cost food, meals, and groceries in Hamilton County Ohio. Many locations will also help people apply for government assistance such as food stamps, WIC, or other aid.The food banks in Hamilton County Ohio offer many services to low income families. Note only are they a great place to turn to for food or groceries, but staff at the centers also offer counseling, case management, and other assistance, such as help in applying for government food programs like SNAP, food stamps or school lunches.Most pantries are staffed with a combination of professionals and volunteers, and they are committed to offering various forms of aid to anyone who needs help. For example, some locations may provide clothing, limited financial help for bills, Christmas meals and gifts, and household products. If they can’t meet a need, then they have referrals, and all this is in addition to the food and perishable items that are distributed to families in the greater Cincinnati area.
Other Support Resources
StartYourRecovery.org features a guide to accredited substance misuse treatment resources in Cincinnati. Using the directory, visitors can learn about the type of treatment that’s right for them and connect with highly trusted support. Each facility meets the criteria for a listing in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) database and is ranked on the number of professional certifications earned.
AddictionCenter.com provides information regarding drug and alcohol addiction and connects individuals with treatment centers that focus on faith-based rehabilitation. The goal of their guide is to help people of faith dealing with substance abuse reach sobriety.