City Gospel Mission


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

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We serve 10,000 people per year, focusing on building relationships to achieve life transformation.

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 rating685 of 725143 of 145
Fund acquisition rating702 of 726143 of 145
Resource allocation rating641 of 726132 of 145
Asset utilization rating462 of 725109 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$81,399$109,395$135,757$141,384$959,161
Short-term investments$3,810,783$3,808,762$3,774,262$3,493,815$3,885,973
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,283,843$4,183,345$4,572,940$4,033,664$5,770,735
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407$15,843,207$7,025,340
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$13,745,543$14,363,570$14,998,407$15,843,207$7,025,340
Total assets$18,029,386$18,546,915$19,571,347$19,876,871$12,796,075
Payables and accrued expenses$400,074$436,066$703,756$1,408,934$934,013
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$400,074$436,066$703,756$1,408,934$934,013
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438$3,452,303$51,545
Total long-term liabilities$3,035,292$3,037,219$3,276,438$3,452,303$51,545
Total liabilities$3,435,366$3,473,285$3,980,194$4,861,237$985,558
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$355,811$388,177$435,695$593,204$2,787,791
Permanently restricted$25,000$25,000$25,000$25,000$25,000
Net assets$14,594,020$15,073,630$15,591,153$15,015,634$11,810,517
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,100,815$6,383,118$7,851,002$10,923,493$9,678,414
Program service revenue$88,527$65,051$65,386$39,130$27,636
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$178,665$219,128($59,465)($471,851)$217,728
Other revenue($23,761)$219,604$155,844$163,856$62,673
Total other revenue$243,431$503,783$161,765($268,865)$308,037
Total revenue$7,344,246$6,886,901$8,012,767$10,654,628$9,986,451
Program services$5,466,906$5,264,658$5,244,230$4,831,591$4,559,426
Management and general$477,541$376,201$412,006$374,397$336,124
Total expenses$7,944,572$7,566,622$7,653,466$7,074,634$6,619,899
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($600,326)($679,721)$359,301$3,579,994$3,366,552
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($600,326)($679,721)$359,301$3,579,994$3,366,552


Barry BakerExec VP Yout$119,648
Roger HowellPresident$111,579
Lucreta BowmanVP Recovery$111,052
Paul SpenceVP Developme$86,249
Kevin RosebrookVP Homeless$71,782

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2018

Response from ministry

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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.