Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 36 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: 770 South Post Oak Lane Suite 525 Houston TX 77056 USA
Results: • Ministries equipped to meet the increase in the demand for services • Funding increased and diversified • Number of volunteers increased and new partnerships developed • Personnel and volunteer management programs enhanced • Board and executive director leadership strengthened • Technology infrastructure improved, resulting in better data tracking and management • Long-term strategies developed
Target demographics: The working poor, families and individuals at high risk of homelessness and the homeless.
Direct beneficiaries per year: ACAM's 12 members serve 274,000 annually
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Region: Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazoria counties.
Programs: Capacity Building: ACAM promotes sound practices in nonprofit operations and programming. Organizational assessments inform members on areas of strength and weakness and are used to develop capacity building plans. ACAM supports plan implementation through stipends for training and consulting and direct grants to develop organizational infrastructure. Networking and Training: This component promotes best practice knowledge, peer learning and information exchange for the following groups: executive directors, resource development managers, volunteer coordinators, client service managers and thrift store managers. Peer mentoring relationships are developed among executive directors. This component also helps to build relationships between ACAM members and funders. Advocacy and Outreach: This component is aimed at increasing membership by reaching out to underserved parts of Greater Houston, raising the profile of CAMs as service hubs in their communities and raising awareness around the issues affecting the people served by the CAMs. Activities are focused on rallying support for initiatives and funding that will provide pathways out of poverty for the CAMs’ clients. Collaborative Initiatives: ACAM helps members use their collective strength to develop city-wide service streams and service models that address root causes of poverty. ACAM also organizes member- and funder-driven initiatives to provide immediate response to member needs. ACAM is effective in coordinating efforts to address emergency situations affecting the lives of the clients served by the CAMs, including but not limited to disaster relief.
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I am fortunate to interact with ACAM on a daily basis and have witnessed their development from a pilot program to the non-profit organization they are today. I am the Grants Administrator for Rockwell Fund and we share office space with ACAM. I volunteer and perform clerical duties for ACAM on an ongoing basis and my younger daughter volunteered her services in the past. ACAM proactively provides a ripple effect by helping their members become stronger and then those members can serve more people in need and this then strengthens the entire community. ACAM serves as a catalyst and and advocate in the community. To date, ACAM has awarded nearly $4.5 million for projects in the areas of Capacity Building, Networking and Training, Collaborative Initiatives and Advocacy and Outreach.
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