Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) has been providing services throughout Southern Illinois for over 40 years. Founded in 1973 as a department of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, CUP served the poor of East St. Louis. Over the years, CUP (currently the Human Services Office) has expanded the area it serves and has helped others create additional programs (Griffin Center, Neighborhood Law Office, Holy Angels Shelter, and Hubbard House) to meet additional needs of the same population
In 2009, the Diocese of Belleville requested that the Human Services Office (formerly known as CUP) merge with the Griffin Center, Neighborhood Law Office, Holy Angels Shelter, and Hubbard House to become a unified service organization of five departments operating as Catholic Urban Programs.
Even with these structural changes, CUP has continued to help individuals and families with a very wide and diverse set of services, many of which no other agencies in the area provide. The organization is often lauded as the last stop for those in need. This has primarily been accomplished due to the drive and leadership of the founding directors coupled with the generosity of private donors, and county, state, and federal grants.
CUP serves many good people that depend on the organization to help them meet their immediate needs and assist in rebuilding their lives. For many, CUP is the bridge out of poverty.