Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service (Cups)

aka CUPS   |   Lafayette, LA   |  www.c-u-p-s.org

Mission

Mission Statement: CUPS (Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service) is a vessel of God's love, which invites everyone to experience God's abundance through both giving and receiving.
 
How it works: 
CUPS mobilizes in a "grassroots" style.  Many times "clients" become "volunteers" and the line between "us" and "them" blurs beyond recognition.  CUPS' philosophy is that "Everyone is helped when everyone helps!"
 
CUPS is a faith-based organization, but the faith is that of a diverse group of volunteers and clients. Some participate in churches or other faith communities. Other are still searching for a name for what they believe. CUPS is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious organization, therefore CUPS does not have a particular faith-based agenda. Rather, CUPS celebrates the diversity of beliefs of our volunteers and clients, and encourages individuals to share resources and prayers. By joining together in prayer and in service to one another, trusting in the Abundance provided by God (as God is understood by each individual), a diverse, yet faith-based, sense of community is found and shared.

Ruling year info

2007

Principal Officer

N/A N/A

Main address

211 A Guilbeau Rd

Lafayette, LA 70506

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EIN

20-5798331

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Compassion Assistance

CUPS assists with unmet needs in the community through its Compassion Assistance.  Primarily, funds used are donations from individuals, organizations and Catholic, Protestant and Non Denominational Churches within the community.  In addition, CUPS has also received grants from within the community for compassion assistance.

Population(s) Served

CUPS assists with Furniture and Basic Household Items for Fire Victims, Individuals moving out of Domestic Abuse or Homeless Shelters or Families reestablishing households due to other crisis. All Household Items and Furniture are donated to CUPS from individuals in the community to pass along to those in need.  The budget for this program reflects the annual expense of administrative costs for warehouse space to store donated items.

Population(s) Served

In 2007, a CUPS Volunteer started taking donated items and arranging them into gift baskets to distribute in "special circumstances", (for example - to someone in tears over a lost home after a fire).  All items in the gift baskets are donated.  This gift basket ministry has grown - now several hundred baskets are distributed at Easter and approx. 1,000 at Christmas.

Population(s) Served

Program began in January of 2012 with weekly classes for those who are just moving into housing after a stay in a shelter, house fire or because they have been living with relatives or friends. The 4-week cycle of classes covers Household Budgeting; Paperwork/Organizing; Smart Shopping (using coupons, basic nutrition and resisting impulse buys); and Emotional Self Care. Incentives valued at $25 per family per week (Laundry basket with cleaning supplies, Paperwork file box with organizational supplies, Toiletries, and a Gift/Food Basket) will be given to families to encourage attendance. Babysitting is provided so that families with young children can attend.

Population(s) Served

The vision for Brewing HOPE was born in the heart of a Hurricane Katrina survivor who now is a part time staff member at CUPS. She shared that the support and encouragement which she received from her "CUPS family" is what supplied her with the strength to start over after such a devastating loss. Brewing HOPE is a group of women who meet weekly to support each other through the tough times in life. They share coffee, a devotional, conversation and advice. They share tips on how to find assistance. They share HOPE - Hugs, Optimism, Prayer, and Encouragement. 
 
The annual budget reflects the cost of coffee and supplies, space usage (4% of CUPS total administrative costs), & compensation for Brewing HOPE coordinator ($40/week).

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Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service (Cups)

Board of directors
as of 6/2/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Nash

Retired

Term: Oct 2011 - Dec 2012

Julie LaFleur

Community Volunteer

Robert Nash

Retired

Dozier Lester

Self Employed

Sharon Bakay

Retired

Michelle Murr

Volunteers of America

Rose Mary Fontenot

Retired

Kyle Derouche

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Elizabeth Lamond

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Stephanie Burger

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Leigh Rachal

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Elsie Blackwell

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