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Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM)

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: To advance collaboration to create community-wide solutions for thriving nonprofits, neighborhoods, and families.

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 14 partners serve more than 200,000 individuals with 147 distinct services

Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Region: Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazoria counties.

Programs: ACAM leverages the assets of community service providers and builds cross-sector partnerships toward collective impact, creating community-wide solutions for thriving nonprofits, neighborhoods, and families. ACAM conducts research, measures outcomes, and designs programs encompassing best practices, doing so at a level at which direct-service nonprofits rarely have the resources. In turn, through ACAM, the network is increasing collaboration, promoting each other’s development, raising service standards, innovating programs, and making a greater impact in the lives of low-income families across the region. The ACAM Network fights homelessness, hunger, and hopelessness with a strong commitment to helping clients build independence and resiliency. For families living in poverty or experiencing hardship, neighborhood-based assistance ministries can be the difference between a hungry belly and a stocked pantry, or eviction and housing stability. Solving the depths of poverty in Houston’s neighborhoods requires a holistic approach implemented through trusted relationships fostered in those neighborhoods. ACAM honors the unique relationship partner organizations have with the communities they serve and helps them pursue community transformation as they transform themselves. As a result, ACAM’s ministry partners are highly engaged in building capacity for their own organizations, while also contributing significant time and energy to strengthening the network and helping more families gain tools to succeed. Each partner organization employs culturally sensitive strategies tailored to their respective communities to help families gain stability and leave poverty behind. They recognize that success takes persistence, education, and coordination, and joining the ACAM Network is one way they demonstrate their commitment to excellence and growth.

Community Stories

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACAM is a wonderful organization dedicated to serving their community. I was in awe of how gracefully they were able to pivot to meet each need brought on by the pandemic. I am thankful I get to learn from such an inspiring group of people doing great work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACAM is a committed and caring funder of an alliance of ministries doing great work in Houston. ACAM supports the alliance's dedicated work with a genuine focus of quality and efficiency to assist those in need in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work as a consultant with several of the ministries in the alliance. ACAM is a supportive funder who consistently makes an effort to include everyone in the decision making process and they genuinely understand the experiences of the clients they serve.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACAM has played a vital role in the success of our non-profit. They make quality training and professional guidance very accessible and relevant, whether a new or established community organization. We appreciate having them as a resource!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Even before the current crisis, ACAM was doing great work for Houstonians, providing much-needed service for area families. They have continued to work tirelessly to help those in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM is an excellent nonprofit, engaged in meaningful work in the Greater Houston area. They help to facilitate vital human services for some of the most vulnerable families in the area. They are truly a blessing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACAM consistently provides homelessness prevention and basic needs services to vulnerable families in our region and they have only ramped up their services in our current community crises.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The folks at ACAM are so passionate about their mission. Their work with the ministries is amazing. Sharon and her team are driven to help the Houston area end homelessness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sincere, dedicated professionals working tirelessly on behalf of all Houstonians to strengthen individuals, families, and communities. Remarkable group of people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who cares deeply about our community, I really appreciate how ACAM is bringing nonprofits together and leading COVID-19 response efforts in our area, especially for families in danger of losing their housing. It is great to see how their collaborative work is continuing and expanding during these uncertain times.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am continually impressed with how ACAM delivers more and more for nonprofits and communities each year. They go above and beyond to serve local families who have been in difficult financial situations for so long that they don't know where to start or maybe they have even forgotten how to dream about the future. ACAM is there to ensure these families have the resources and relationships they need to thrive. I am very thankful for them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with ACAM is a true pleasure, everyone is an active team member, passionate to help and willing to go the extra mile in every endeavor. It is my honor to be involved in helping staff and managers stay true to help those in need and keep transparency in their organization.

Susan Y.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So happy to work at and donate to ACAM. I'm proud of the work our staff does and the amazing people at our partner organizations who have been working tirelessly during this pandemic and the economic devastation caused by it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Catholic Charities has partnered with ACAM and its members to assist families living in poverty to increase their self-sufficiency for more than 5 years. ACAM serves as a great collaboration point assisting with information, funding opportunities and great support. ACAM staff is mission driven and committed to serving its member-partners to provide the best services they can. A great network of support for faith-based organizations

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM) is an amazing organization serving the Greater Houston community. The work they are doing to assist other ministries and our community is outstanding. Make sure to check out what they are up to. Together Stronger!

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that advocates for the people they serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM is a wonderful and unique organization. They care about all that they do and really strive to build collaboration among the Network so that everyone is able to be served. Many lives have been impacted, whether through basic need services or disaster relief due to ACAM's effort. Thank you!

Alan W.4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the Board and it truly has been a valuable and heartwarming experience to serve in that capacity over the past few years. ACAM is certainly an invaluable resource in providing ongoing support to ensure that its member organizations can grow and flourish.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Expertise in preventing homelessness. Strong system collaboration.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently serving as an Americorps Vista at ACAM. I have been at ACAM for a few months now and the importance of the work that is being done here is extremely high. Every day I am given constant reminders and endless motivation as to why ACAM's mission and meaningful impact are essential to our community.

V.W.C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure if watching and participating in the work with ACAM during its 15-year history. As a nonprofit consultant, I highly recommend ACAM for their leadership and support of community ministries serving thousands of their neighbors during times of need. The work is hard and often more than we think is possible, ACAM provides much-needed support and encouragement building a collaboration that helps organizations strive for best practices while providing for staff self-care. Happy 15th!
Brenda Kirk

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACAM models a much-needed service in the nonprofit community. They provide standards of excellence and then support organizations in their journey to best practices, through education, consulting services and networking. This type of support ensures donors their gifts are utilized in the best way for community impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ACAM is a wonderful organization that provides collaborative opportunities for the diverse group of assistance ministries in the Greater Houston area. Interfaith Ministries is one of the larger ministries and functions as a mentor organization. ACAM has provided us with great professional development opportunities, networking, and funding for projects- specifically funding after Hurricane Harvey and several years in a row for our Operation IMpact which provides emergency meals for homebound seniors in preparation for hurricane season.

Ale D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM genuinely cares. They are constantly seeking to help the community and strive to make a larger impact on the city. Their empathetic nature is unique and makes them stand out among other nonprofits.

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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An efficient nonprofit with a great mission—they do wonderful things for this community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is helping more than people realize in TX, and can really benefit from community support. ACAM is for the community to support, develop, advocate and collaborate for the excellence of Houston. Great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACAM is one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the country. They have a list of amazing achievements helping community organizations with funding, reporting, training and much more. Their impact on the organizations and communities they serve has been well documented and sets a very high bar for other such non-profits. It is a model of how organizations throughout the country should operate by maximizing collaberation to maximize the impact on communities and minimize overhead costs.

Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have moved to Houston and become greater involved in my areas interventions in homelessness, I have noticed ACAM specifically. The efforts put in to work towards eliminating social injustices and developing strong leadership roles for likeminded people around our city is admirable. Accessibility to community resources is a basic human right everyone should be able to say they benefit from.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

this through group sharing activities

Advisor

Rating: 5

ACAM is a successful collaborative of nonprofits that continually improves its services and vision.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM helps families never become homeless and that is an amazing feat. Their research shows that it only takes about 88 days of case management and financial assistance to keep a family from falling into homelessness. Great organization with a great mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM provides quality review and best practices for all the major assistance ministries in the Houston area. As a board member and volunteer at an assistance ministry we greatly value the support from ACAM and the collaboration with its members

Shelby T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ACAM is an amazing organization that fulfills the essential needs in both the community and nonprofit sector. I had a rewarding experience serving as a Disaster Recovery AmeriCorps VISTA at ACAM;I saw the dedication, determination, focus, drive and compassion that ACAM employees possess. I am very grateful for my time at ACAM and I have the utmost respect for the employees and the work and services they provide.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

“We got the Training & Networking All-Access Pass after we saw how useful the trainings sessions were. Having access to valuable information about grant writing, accounting, donor databases, and other topics presented in a concise, targeted way is invaluable. It would have taken us months to research and find the information that we got in a few hours at the training session.

Another benefit is the networking & relationships you build with other ministries.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely love the work and the organization of ACAM. They are tremendous in coordinating and supporting basic need ministries across the Houston region. They have stepped up in a major way as the surrounding region recovers from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. I am a proud board member and an overall fan of their services and support. Because of ACAM, our city's residents were able to recover more easily. Without ACAM, our city's homeless population could have increased exponentially. Thanks so much for providing this basic yet critical need!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

ACAM is perhaps the least known and most impactful nonprofit organization in the Greater Houston Area. It's collective membership provides basic human needs to 200,000 people in our five county area. As someone who is fairly knowledgeable about the non-profit space in Houston, I can say with certainty that ACAM makes it member ministries far more effective by helping them build capacity, develop best practices, and helps them to be more efficient and effective organizations. ACAM secures financial resources from both the public and private sectors that its direct service provider members struggle to access because of the complexity of compliance and reporting. ACAM intimately understands the needs of people living in poverty and the specific services delivered by its members. It readily conveys those needs to funders in a data driven form assuring the funders that their resources will be efficiently deployed. While ACAM is not a household name because it does not provide direct services, those in the field of homeless prevention and basic human need services know ACAM as a life-saving and life-giving organization that is instrumental in helping them accomplish their goal of better serving marginalized populations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The countless hours of time and dedication the staff of ACAM applies on a daily basis has truly made a difference in the lives of people that need homeless prevention, disaster recovery, and health benefits access services from collaborating ministries. Cannot say enough about this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to commend the staff of ACAM, as these professionals work tirelessly to meet the needs of the community, particular after the atrocious tropical storm named Harvey. The staff is not only dedicated but super organized in meeting deadlines with grants and other necessary paperwork dealing with nonprofit organizations. I have known about this company for several years and only have accolades for them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have called Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, inc. (ACAM) a GOD send, the staff is helpful and professional. I have call many time for help and have been giving great resources.

The world would be a better place if everyone would put valve and repect other.

The Staff at ACAM understand how to treat all of God children...

Thank you..


Barbara McIntyre
Liberty County Long Term Recovery Committee Co-Chair
281-687-6947

1 JR N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jessica at ACAM was amazing! ACAM has gone beyond what could have ever been expected. We are very happy with all the extra effort that went into their assistance with Harvy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ACAM trainings have provided valuable professional development and networking opportunities for our entire staff. Beyond the formal trainings, ACAM consultants and presenters have become go-to resources for our team to gain additional support and advise.

Going through the at-PACE organizational assessment process has helped us to objectively evaluate key organizational strengths and weaknesses. Identifying areas for improvement and growth have allowed us to strategically focus our limited time and resources to enhance our ministry´s efficiency and effectiveness.

In just the past two years, our ministry has grown significantly through the financial and capacity building support of ACAM. We are a better ministry because of ACAM and are so grateful for all their support!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization! As Executive Director of Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services, I have benefited from the capacity building workshops ACAM provides! Grateful for all they do!

1 Sarah D.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity provides critical assistance to faith based charities in the greater Houston area.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Before ACAM, there were casual communications among the Assistance Ministries in the Greater Houston area, but not formal ones. The Philanthropic community saw the potential which could be gained from a more formal connection, and that potential has truly been realized over and over. I personally think it is not only getting "the right people on the bus" as Jim Collins said in "Good to Great" - but it is adding that level of each ACAM member's personal "passion for mission" that makes ACAM truly great! They are all truly "Servant Leaders" to steal another great book's title. We are blessed to have ACAM!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So proud of the work Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries is doing for the Houston community.

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 Barbara230

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen the work that these incredible men and women do and the heart that they put into every single interaction. The members of our community receiving services from ACAM and its affiliates are no doubt living better lives thanks to the dedication of this organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries continues to be a great asset to our communities and society as a whole. They work hard to acquire money for various programs that are in place in Harris, Fort Bend, & Montgomery County. These programs involve homeless programs and homeless prevention programs. When the thought of homeless comes up, the generalized view is a guy standing on the corner begging for some change! Completely opposite is my experience...over 65% of the time I find families living out of their vehicle, or walking down the street with nowhere to go, and women fleeing from a domestic violence situation (People fleeing from a domestic violence situation are considered homeless, and/or those in a safe house). ACAM has funded our Rapid Re-Housing Program, Homeless Prevention Program, & Street Outreach Program for some years.
Imagine living in your vehicle because you have been evicted from your home. You have no money to pay for a hotel and you have 3 children with you. I find that all the time! Even the brightest of individuals have fallen into these hard times. Example: A child was sick from a tumor, the parent had to spend numerous hours at the hospital until she was exhausted, and after the child had a 2 month hospital stay her sick days and vacation hours were gone. Of course, she was fired. She used every resource to maintain her household because she had 2 other children. They were evicted, had no family here, and became homeless. Son was released from the hospital but they had nowhere to go.
The money that ACAM provides to our agency for homeless programs allowed us to get this family into their own place and to help them with Security Deposit, Rent, Utility Deposit, and some necessary things like a bed for the children. Without ACAM hundreds of families and thousands of people like this would remain on the streets and homeless.
There are some very special people that go above and beyond their call of duty at ACAM, and I truly believe that without them our communities would not be the same. They continue to positively impact peoples lives.
Thank you ACAM!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As Business Manager for a member CAM, ACAM has helped our agency through capacity building, networking and training and collaborative initiatives. They play a vital role as we strive toward fulfilling our mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with ACAM in a few different capacities, and all of them have been excellent. They have sought excellence both in my agency and in the value they provided in a collaborative in which our agencies both served. In fact, they have gone well above and beyond to provide top-notch service in the collaborative. I am proud to get to collaborate with them.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

ACAM's impact is felt every day. Because of ACAM, their network organizations have stronger boards, better trained staff and volunteers, more technological capacity, more effective business and strategic plans and a shared desire and ability to work together to help vulnerable people in our communities meet and rise above their basic needs. They provide the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to grow and thrive.