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.
The flagship program of The HUB location of Catholic Urban Programs is HUB Foods. The new pantry program opened to the public in July, 2020 and has been received very positively by those who visit. In the new model, clients “shop” for their own food, much like they would in a grocery store. The pantry is organized by food group with the first section being fresh produce. Clients select items from each shelf based on their family size. The option to select ones own food fosters an atmosphere of respect and builds trust among pantry guests, volunteers, and staff. HUB Foods is currently serving more than 100 households each month. Our goal is to create a robust membership program through which we build relationships with those we serve, helping to identify and remove barriers to stability and self-sufficiency through connections to CUP’s ancillary services and/or other community organizations.
The HUB (Housing, Utilities, Basic Needs) is a centralized access point to CUP’s crisis intervention services including:
- Utility assistance
- Rental assistance
- Funeral and burial support
- Assistance with beds and appliances in emergent situations such as fire or securing housing after a period of homelessness
Catholic Urban Programs
P.O. Box 3310
East St. Louis, IL 62203