Creating New Cycles

Our Commitment to Helping People
Reach Stability and Self-Sufficiency

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Holy Angels Shelter

And Housing Security Programs

Griffin Center

After School & Summer Programs

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HUB Foods

And Crisis Intervention Programs

Catholic Urban Programs

CUP serves people in need throughout the Diocese with a concentration on East St. Louis and surrounding communities. Our social service programs work in collaboration to help meet the needs of our community’s most vulnerable. Our goal is to rekindle hope in those we serve as we support their progress toward self-sufficiency. As we build relationships with our clients, we seek to personify the Corporal Works of Mercy while empowering them to advocate for themselves and their families.

Holy Angels Shelter

Holy Angels is an 18-bed, 24/7 shelter program serving single women, mothers with children, and intact families. In addition to meeting basic needs of safety, food, clothing, and shelter, CUP’s intensive case management program is centered on personalized housing stability plans.


Issues that are relatively minor inconveniences for most people can lead to devastating outcomes for families already burdened with the costs of meeting their basic needs. Catholic Urban Programs steps in with short-term solutions to help stabilize families in times of crisis.

Griffin Center

Through out-of-school time programming for children residing in East St. Louis public housing, Griffin Center staff works to achieve measurable academic and social-emotional outcomes for the children in their care.

Our Mission

Guided by the principles of Catholic Social teaching, Catholic Urban Programs advances the dignity of the human person, remediates the effects of poverty, and empowers people to become self-sufficient through crisis intervention, housing security, and out of school time programs.


Our Vision

To break the cycle of poverty and rekindle hope in those we serve.


Our Values

CUP focuses on people. Our faith-based foundations uphold us to the highest standards, and our actions are driven by our core values: Compassion: We seek to understand those we serve by inspiring trust through kindness and caring. Integrity: We are committed to doing what is right by choosing honesty, respect, and gratitude. Service: We strive to serve all in need with an open mind, love, and willingness to adapt. Dedication: We are driven by our passion for helping through professional, educational, and focused solutions that achieve overall impact on our community.

Catholic Urban Programs

P.O. Box 3310
East St. Louis, IL 62203
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