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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

Having affordable, safe and stable places to live anchors families and individuals, enabling them to reach their full potential in all areas of their lives.


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 (OST) programing 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

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 to help through professional, educational, and focused solutions that achieve overall impact to our community.

Catholic Urban Programs

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