About Catholic Urban Programs

Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) was founded in 1973 as a department of the Diocese of Belleville by Mr. Joe Hubbard. 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.


Who We Are


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:

We seek to understand those we serve by inspiring trust through kindness and caring.


We are committed to doing what is right by choosing honesty, respect and gratitude.


We strive to serve all in need with an open-mind, love, and willingness to adapt.


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

Contact us!


    Catholic Urban Programs

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

    Diocese of Belleville Logo

    United Way Partner


    Vehicle Donation V-Dac

    Other Resources


    Catholic Urban Programs BBB Charity Seal