Preventing Homelessness

The Open Door Ministry’s Payee Program has closed. Thank you to our wonderful clients for the best 15+ years. We can provide referrals to other agencies if a client is in need of additional services.

Preventing Hunger

Our food pantry combats hunger by opening its doors for individuals and families who need food assistance. The pantry provides from three-to seven-days worth of food, ranging from frozen meats and vegetables to canned goods, cereals, noodles.

The pantry serves individuals and families in zip codes 45206, 45207, 45219, 45212, and 45229. Please call 513-961-2259 ext. 3 for hours of operation.

Preventing Loneliness

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our café is closed until further notice. Thank you for your understanding, and sign up for our newsletter for updates.


Inspired by Jesus’ call to love our neighbor, the Open Door Ministry partners with individuals to help prevent homelessness, hunger, and loneliness. We believe in the dignity of every person, and we seek to encourage and empower people through key services of finance and food assistance and by creating opportunities to build relationships and create community.

For more than forty years, the ministry has lived into its name, opening its doors wide and welcoming all. The ministry, started by the Episcopal Church of the Advent in the Cincinnati-neighborhood of Walnut Hills, is supported by community donations, grants, and volunteers.


JoAnn McIntosh: Director

Jon Perry: Payee Account Manager

Gail Tyson: Payee Assistant

Eva Ramos: Emergency Assistance Manager

Junae Roberts: Kitchen Manager


Open Door circa 1980
Evie Foulkes, Libby Higgins, Murry Hastings circa 1980

Open Door began in 1973 as an outreach program of Church of the Advent. At first, the ministry was one of listening. The founding director, Libby Higgins, sat and listened — their issues, joys, complaints, and hopes. Slowly, Libby began to understand some of the services that could touch people’s lives in this area of Walnut Hills; she and others in the church established some specific services for clients. Among the most important were the representative payee program, the food pantry, and help with access to other governmental services.

As the Open Door Ministry grew, the basement of the church was repurposed to house these programs and other services, including a parish nurse. Others joined in leadership: Angelo Puopolo and Evie Foulkes both served as directors. Volunteers from the church and elsewhere continue to support the programs and connect with neighbors. Programs have changed and adapted to the dynamic needs of the neighborhood: the Open Door continues to listen to learn how to partner and support the community.

JoAnn McIntosh joined Open Door as director in 2016. One priority was a facelift for the basement to make it more inviting and serviceable. JoAnn and a team from Church of the Advent are working to envision what Open Door should look like in the next decade.