Cincinnati Profile: What is Serve City?
Linda Kimble, Executive Director of Serve City: Serve City is an outreach center in Hamilton, Ohio, dedicated to serving the needs of Butler County’s low-income and homeless individuals and families.

Cincinnati Profile: What is the mission behind Serve City?
Kimble: We want Serve City to be seen as a Shared Ministry Center that promotes the unity of spirit, purpose, and fellowship among our churches that brings spiritual renewal to our neighborhood and city. We also want it to serve as a Hope Center that assists and empowers Hamilton families to rise above the circumstances that marginalize them, link our churches and community through communication and prayers, and provide a welcoming introduction and invitation to the community into the churches of our area.

Cincinnati Profile: Can you tell us more about the outreach center and its services?
Kimble: Serve city is comprised of a ministry of the Hamilton-area churches and includes:

  • The Lord’s Cupboard: One of the largest choice food pantries in southwestern Ohio
  • Chosen: Houses the homeless, providing shelter for up to 40 men and 12 women.
  • Shekinah Place: Located at 522 East Avenue in Hamilton, it provides a safe, quality, affordable, drug, and alcohol-free permanent housing for 2 individuals in studio apartments.
  • Choices: Located at 701 S. 9th Street, provides safety, quality, affordable, drug, and alcohol-free permanent housing for 48 individuals in 12 apartments.

Serve City also has on-site services that we provide to our clients. Some of those agencies include Health & Human Services such as food stamp applications, local mental health agencies, Adult Protective Services, Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Veterans Administration. We also offer case management and referrals, as many of the people we help are unaware of all the services available to help them. We provide a link between residents of the community and agencies dedicated to assist them.

Cincinnati Profile: How can people get involved with or donate to Serve City?
Kimble: Monetary contributions are gladly accepted and tax deductible. You can make an online donation on our website at or send a check payable to Serve City. We’re also in need of food and beverages, clothing, household goods, household cleaning products, personal care items, and prayer.

Those interested in volunteering can stop by the pantry on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:45 am to noon, when it is open for volunteers. Drop-off for donations at the pantry is Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Cincinnati Profile: Where can readers go to learn more about Serve City?
Kimble: Visit our website or “like” us on Facebook.