Stepping in with assistance that helps meet basic human needs so crisis situations can be avoided for individuals and families.
Human Services Office
Providing safety and shelter for women, children and families experiencing a loss of housing.
Holy Angels Shelter
Achieving lasting academic results and interpersonal skill development for children residing in East St. Louis public housing.
The Griffin Center
Catholic Urban Programs
CUP builds relationships that create pathways to positive futures. We recognize that the issue of poverty is often complex and requires a multi-faceted approach to programs and services. Safety net services such as emergency shelter, food, rent and utility support are vital in rekindling hope and stabilizing individuals as we work to empower them to move beyond poverty. CUP provides out-of-school time programming for more than 300 children residing in five East St. Louis Public Housing sites. Through safe, structured, trauma-informed programming, we positively impact educational and social-emotional outcomes for children.
For those living in poverty the difference between maintaining employment or housing can be as simple as receiving bus passes or utility assistance. Human Services staff works to help individuals and families maintain stability.
Through Out of School Time (OST) programing for children residing in East St. Louis public housing, Griffin Center staff works to achieve measurable academic outcomes for the children in their care.
Hubbard House seeks to be a catalyst for systemic change in the community. Groups who stay at the house come for a volunteer immersion experience into the East St. Louis community that is transforming and leads toa deeper understanding of the social justice issues facing our society.
To meet the needs of the people in the Metro East area by building relationships to support their progress towards self-sufficiency through safety net, prevention, education, and empowerment programs that remediate the effects of poverty.
To break the cycle of poverty and rekindle hope in those we serve.
Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) has been providing services throughout Southern Illinois for over 40 years. Founded in 1973 as a department of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, CUP served the poor of East St. Louis. Over the years, CUP (currently the Human Services Office) has expanded the area it serves and has helped others create additional programs (Griffin Center, Neighborhood Law Office, Holy Angels Shelter, and Hubbard House) to meet additional needs of the same population