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Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM)

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: To advance high-impact collaboration, service excellence and organizational development among community assistance ministries.

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 13 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.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Interfaith of The Woodlands is honored and proud to be a member of the ACAM Network and collaborate with some of the finest community assistance ministries in the greater Houston area. ACAM’s focus on strengthening programs, meeting community needs and organizational capacity building will enable Interfaith to continue to most effectively meet the growing demands of our undeserved neighbors in South Montgomery County. Through disaster relief, everyday crisis assistance, senior services and beyond, we are delighted to have the support, best practices and expertise of ACAM’s faith-based network to walk with us as we continue to lead our clients to a path of self-sufficiency.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM is a great asset in the Houston community.ACAM provides services and is affiliated with other organizations to assist those in need to get the best help possible. ACAM is truly a blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACAM is an integral part of the Houston non-profit community, doing the less glamorous but absolutely essential work with little to no fanfare. I have been fortunate to volunteer for them on occasion, and have seen how much they do with far less resources than bigger, more traditional non-profits. I have enjoyed donating my time to ACAM and have witnessed the commitment and dedication of their employees. ACAM's central mission is extraordinarily served by them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing group of individuals.. it was a great pleasure working with them! They deserve 5+ stars!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so greatful to ACAM for referring me to a ministry that helped me obtain resources during a time of need in my life. They acted with care and understanding in a professissional manner and I am so thankful!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dedicated provider of services to related agencies and clients.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a community partner with ACAM on the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network. With all the services they provide, they give a 100% to the task at had. It was a pleasure working with them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never knew about the wonderful work ACAM did in the Houston Community until recently. Although I currently do not need assistance, it feels good to know that there are organizations like this that are committed to helping the community in time of need. I have a family member who works with this organization and I have heard first hand about the caring, dedicated people who work endlessly to secure funding to help the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM is a wonderful organization that provides many services. Basic needs are so important, especially in times of disaster or unfortunate circumstances that may arise unexpectedly. ACAM is an asset to the community and helps to assure that those in need will be provided for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ACAM seems to have integrated itself with all facets of community assistance to ensure that those in need do not "slip through the cracks ", which can inadvertently happen when a myriad of entities are providing services. The role of ACAM is so needed to establish, protect and maintain the trust of vulnerable populations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I worked with ACAM on the Long Term Recovery Committee for the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network as Chair for the Donation Management Committee. The Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries served as our Fiduciary partner.

The Agency performed above any expectations we were expecting. They provided excellent reports and support to our committee on the use of the funds granted to us. The Nonprofit also wrote the grant for GHSRN.

Thanks to a awesome Nonprofit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACAM is an amazing organization that provides critical services to network organizations and the community. I have enjoyed the work I have accomplished through ACAM and I appreciate the consideration, commitment, and diligence of ACAM employees. ACAM's mission is seen through the generosity and diligence of the employees.

Ale D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. I've met with the CEO who made a great impression on my family. ACAM employees are very trustworthy and dedicated people. I'd definitely refer them to prospective clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM is a wonderful network of resources for the brand new or seasoned Executive Director. Just being able to meet together once a month, to share ideas, challenges, innovations, and NPO life really reminds me that I'm not in this alone and that the ministry we all serve is so much bigger than we can imagine. I am very grateful for the ACAM staff and my colleagues. As a new ED, they have kept my head above water!
The Rev. FMS Brown,
Executive Director
St. Vincent's House, Galveston

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM provides great services to the non-profits in the Houston area. Among the services that i admire are great trainings to help my staff become better at the ways we serve our community and our clients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM is committed to helping non-profits and their leaders reach their full potential. They are professional and execute everything with excellence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With a philanthropic flare and unlimited dedication, ACAM's mission has created an atmosphere of communal support. It has grown to the point in which sheer excellence has become common when describing this organization. Their continued support allows the ministries that they fund to be able to lessen suffering and neutralize various socio-economic issues that exist within certain communities. To trust in ACAM, is to invest in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with ACAM on their financial plan and i was impressed with the quality and detail of their books and records. ACAM really has it together in addition to being a wonderful resource for its members and the community.

Mi M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every one I spoke to was polite respectful and kind to me. I never felt like a burden or like a problem. Everyone seemed eager and tried their best to assist me. The referrals I got were great. I have limited transportation witch was a problem but they found several groups in my area to help me. I could not have asked for more. A young lady I spoke to named Karen was exceptionally patient and helpful. I would recommend any who needs help in Houston start here.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have seen firsthand the support that ACAM provides to their network organizations. So many people in need in the communities served by ACAM's members are served in a deeper way because of the capacity building support that ACAM provides.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff are the most professional, caring non-profit in Houston