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

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 310538515

CEO/President: Dr. Jonathan Brown

Chairman: Brad Trucksis

Board size: 12

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 is our mission. For many, that cycle lasts for generations. That's what inspired James Gamble of Procter & Gamble to found City Gospel Mission back in 1924. Our focus has always been on relationships, and with support from hundreds of churches and countless volunteers, we help thousands of people and families each year in the Greater Cincinnati Area. We focus on four main causes: Food and shelter, Recovery, Jobs, And Youth.

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 rating969 of 1077133 of 144
Fund acquisition rating820 of 1078122 of 144
Resource allocation rating926 of 1078123 of 144
Asset utilization rating743 of 1077112 of 144

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,114,497$60,588$81,399$109,395$135,757
Short-term investments$6,249,917$3,955,660$3,810,783$3,808,762$3,774,262
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,698,811$5,771,918$4,283,843$4,183,345$4,572,940
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$12,502,332$13,140,549$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407
Other long-term assets$2,136,400$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$14,638,732$13,140,549$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407
Total assets$23,337,543$18,912,467$18,029,386$18,546,915$19,571,347
Payables and accrued expenses$326,892$1,330,547$400,074$436,066$703,756
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$326,892$1,330,547$400,074$436,066$703,756
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,009,842$3,035,245$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438
Total long-term liabilities$3,879,942$3,035,245$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438
Total liabilities$4,206,834$4,365,792$3,435,366$3,473,285$3,980,194
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$16,350,717$14,044,867$14,213,209$14,660,453$15,130,458
With donor restrictions$2,779,992$501,808$380,811$413,177$460,695
Net assets$19,130,709$14,546,675$14,594,020$15,073,630$15,591,153
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$12,641,511$8,005,317$7,100,815$6,383,118$7,851,002
Program service revenue$143,010$111,320$88,527$65,051$65,386
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$585,062$163,004$178,665$219,128($59,465)
Other revenue$9,031($50,038)($23,761)$219,604$155,844
Total other revenue$737,103$224,286$243,431$503,783$161,765
Total revenue$13,378,614$8,229,603$7,344,246$6,886,901$8,012,767
Program services$5,943,376$5,825,322$5,466,906$5,264,658$5,244,230
Management and general$682,858$569,504$477,541$376,201$412,006
Total expenses$8,636,874$8,357,203$7,944,572$7,566,622$7,653,466
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$4,741,740($127,600)($600,326)($679,721)$359,301
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,741,740($127,600)($600,326)($679,721)$359,301


Barry BakerExec VP Yout$113,915
Roger HowellPresident$105,933

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/13/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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. We offer job readiness and placement programs for people who have felonies and limited work histories as well as people who do not. Our tutoring and mentoring program impacts more than 800 at-risk youth at more than 50 sites throughout Greater Cincinnati.