City Gospel Mission

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City Gospel Mission breaks the cycle of poverty & despair in Greater Cincinnati through our homeless shelter, diner, and programs for job placement, addiction recovery, at-risk youth & Thanksgiving/Christmas assistance for families.

Contact information

Mailing address:
City Gospel Mission
1805 Dalton Avenue
Cincinatti, OH 45214


Phone: 513-241-5525


Organization details

EIN: 310538515

CEO/President: Roger Howell

Chairman: Brad Trucksis

Board size: 13

Founder: James N. Gamble

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


At our emergency homeless shelter, there is dignity. Guests receive 3 meals a day, safe shelter, and guidance to succeed long-term.

In our recovery program, there is deliverance. Men and women get the support they need to overcome life-controlling issues.

In our jobs program, there is independence. Job-seekers receive the training they need and get help securing a job.

And in our youth programs, there is determination. At-risk youth are guided from cradle-to-career so that they will flourish and be free of the cycle.

We're breaking the cycle of poverty and despair one life at a time. Sharing God's love together and the hope that comes with it is still the way.

We've created a brand overview video so you can check out what City Gospel Mission is all about.

Mission statement

Breaking the cycle of poverty and despair ... one life at a time.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God, that sets the standard for faith, conduct, and doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:10-17, Jn. 17:17, Is. 40:8, Matt. 4:4, 2 Pet 1:20-21, Matt. 24:35)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (1 Jn. 5:7, 1 Cor. 8:6, Jer. 10:10-16, Is. 44:6,8, 45:5-12, 45:22, 46:9, Ps. 96:4)

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (1 Cor. 10:4, Phil. 2:5-8, 1 Peter 5:4, Titus 2:13, Rev 2:8, Is. 7:14, Luke 1:34, 2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 1 Jn. 3:5, 2:2, Rom. 3:25, Acts 1:11, John 11:25, 1 Thes. 4:16-18, Acts 1:11)

We believe mankind is created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6, 1 Cor. 15:49, Col. 3:9-10, 2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 8:29)

We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and that for the salvation of lost and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, John 3:5-8, Titus 3:5, Eph. 2:8, Gal. 3:2-3, 1 Pet. 1:2)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by, whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (Gal. 5:22-23, John 3:5, Eph. 2:10, 5:18-20, Rom. 6:3-14, 8:1-2, 1 Cor. 2:6-16, Luke 24:49, 2 Cor. 21-22)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Jn. 3:16, 5:28-29, Dan. 12:2, Mark 9:43-48, Acts 24:14-15, Rev. 20:13)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:20-23, Gal. 1:8-9, Eph. 4:3, 13, 1 Cor. 12:13, Phil. 2:1-5)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating944 of 1022151 of 160
Fund acquisition rating959 of 1024157 of 160
Resource allocation rating902 of 1024141 of 160
Asset utilization rating585 of 1022104 of 160

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$60,588$81,399$109,395$135,757$141,384
Short-term investments$3,955,660$3,810,783$3,808,762$3,774,262$3,493,815
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,771,918$4,283,843$4,183,345$4,572,940$4,033,664
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,140,549$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407$15,843,207
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$13,140,549$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407$15,843,207
Total assets$18,912,467$18,029,386$18,546,915$19,571,347$19,876,871
Payables and accrued expenses$1,330,547$400,074$436,066$703,756$1,408,934
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,330,547$400,074$436,066$703,756$1,408,934
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,035,245$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438$3,452,303
Total long-term liabilities$3,035,245$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438$3,452,303
Total liabilities$4,365,792$3,435,366$3,473,285$3,980,194$4,861,237
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$14,044,867$14,213,209$14,660,453$15,130,458$14,397,430
With donor restrictions$501,808$380,811$413,177$460,695$618,204
Net assets$14,546,675$14,594,020$15,073,630$15,591,153$15,015,634
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,005,317$7,100,815$6,383,118$7,851,002$10,923,493
Program service revenue$111,320$88,527$65,051$65,386$39,130
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$163,004$178,665$219,128($59,465)($471,851)
Other revenue($50,038)($23,761)$219,604$155,844$163,856
Total other revenue$224,286$243,431$503,783$161,765($268,865)
Total revenue$8,229,603$7,344,246$6,886,901$8,012,767$10,654,628
Program services$5,825,322$5,466,906$5,264,658$5,244,230$4,831,591
Management and general$569,504$477,541$376,201$412,006$374,397
Total expenses$8,357,203$7,944,572$7,566,622$7,653,466$7,074,634
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($127,600)($600,326)($679,721)$359,301$3,579,994
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($127,600)($600,326)($679,721)$359,301$3,579,994


Barry BakerExec VP Yout$109,074
Roger HowellPresident$107,846
Paul SpenceVP Developme$90,227
Lucretia BowmanVP Recovery$87,304
Abe WoolfolkVP Jobs Plus$61,437
Joshua McBrideVP Homeless$40,643

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/23/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Founded by James N. Gamble of Procter & Gamble in 1924, City Gospel Mission helps the homeless and hurting break the cycle of poverty and despair ... one life at a time. We engage, equip and empower those in need with the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical skills and resources to achieve long-term life transformation and self-sufficiency. Our proven programs and services are centered on caring, personal relationships focused in four key service areas: food and shelter, recovery, at-risk youth and job readiness and placement.

We collaborate with more than 350 local churches and 2,500 volunteers to annually serve more than 6,800 adults and 3,500 youth.

Program accomplishments

We annually serve nearly 110,000 nutritious meals and provide more than 42,000 nights of safe shelter. During the holidays, we provide more than 450 families with Thanksgiving meals. Our tutoring and mentoring program impacts more than 800 at-risk youth at more than 50 sites throughout Greater Cincinnati.