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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

87 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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

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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.

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!

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