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CAMBA, Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Services, Neighborhood & Block Associations

Mission: CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. We reach 45,000 New York City residents every through a comprehensive set of 160+ programs delivered from 70 locations through New York's five boroughs.

Results: 2007: 475 low-income adults were directly placed in unsubsidized employment at an average wage of $9.80 per hour for an average of 37 hours per week. At the Adult Literacy Center, about 46% of the adult learners were promoted one or more literacy levels. CAMBA's violence intervention programs provided support and resources to over 850 families. Over 2,600 HIV-positive clients and their families received supportive services. Over 1,500 families avoided eviction and remained stably housed. More than 200 clients were assisted in achieving U.S. citizenship.

Geographic areas served: Primarily Brooklyn, NY but also citywide

Programs: CAMBA offers an integrated range of services through six core areas: Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support Services, Housing Services & Development, HIV/AIDS Services, and Legal Services. Our multi-faceted staff of about 1200 dedicated professionals speaks more than 40 languages and work at more than 50 locations throughout New York City. Some of our facilities are open 24/7.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAMBA is an exceptional organization with a strong leadership model that truly addresses the needs of its clients and steadfastly supports them by providing housing, food, jobs, and afterschool programs. They make an enormous contribution to the well-being of Brooklyn residents and I expect to see them going farther to do more and more good throughout the city in the coming years.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 1

72 mice in 21 months illegal electric heating units in apartment cold drafty apartment unskilled maintainance workers .all Camba is concerned with is keeping the landlord happy and collecting rent .I live in substandard housing in Queens.camba does not care about the client's health and well-being.

Review from Guidestar

Adriana5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAMBA and its unwavering commitment to help unprivileged communities is amazing! I won't hesitate to recommend this organization out there!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAMBA is among the best social service agencies in New York at developing creative, superior programs with government grant and contract funding. The professional staff is skilled and dedicated to serving its clients. They take a comprehensive approach and work to mobilize multiple programs to address all the barriers faced by their clients. I hate to think about what Brooklyn would be like without CAMBA

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CAMBA is a nonprofit organization which cares for the people whom they serve. They have many programs in place to help all individuals and their personal need with a goal of independent living. CAMBA is one of the best nonprofit organizations I have seen this far.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked with numerous non-profits, but none have matched CAMBA consistent commitment to the community it aims to serve. CAMBA's personnel infrastructure is solid, and begins at the top - with the current Executive Director being the one who wrote the original grant that started CAMBA over 30 years ago. The programs and services offered have organically evolved as the needs of the community has evolved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with architecture for humanity, I have been involved in getting to know the programs they run, especially at one of their women's shelters. They are closely interested in their clients and have a amazing sucess, which the clients themselves also recognize. They are consistantly striving to improve how their operate - and their relationship with us is a prime example, as we help them evaluate their facilities and use of their space.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In working with CAMBA as a volunteer through AFHny, we have had long and valued partnership in implementing a new program within one of their Homeless Services facility. From the beginning they were open and excited by this new prospect and have stayed committed to seeing it through and impelemented to hopefully change the way the system works. Their supportive staff have taken time after hours to meet with us to make this project works and continuously go out of their way in getting it through the red tape because they truly value the experience their clients have in their shelters and want to always improve the possibilities of success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Working with CAMBA has given me the chance to broaden my professional scope, strengthen my communication skills and work in initiatives that have a positive impact in my community. CAMBA has also given me the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and the way different people think and live. Overall, through my work with this organization I have learnt that it is not impossible to find unity in diversity.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Last year I received winter coats for me and my children. I was so thankful for the help that CAMBA gave my family. This year we used the food pantry 3 different times.

Donor

Rating: 4

I have long been aware of the role CAMBA's played helping Brooklyn's large in-need population. Its mission and programs are compelling, appropriately conceived and executed, and clearly helpful at the most practical level.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I I have found the staff at CAMBA's Shelter program to be genuine and extremely caring and nurting of the women they serve. Having a background in social work I have witness the staff intervene with an emotionally distraught woman in an effectively caring manner. Instead of the usual "shut-up" or " be quiet" the staff responded by asking the woman what does she need? lets us know and we will do our best. The woman began to shed tears and lowered her voice and went with staff to a private location to discuss her concerns.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Camba is a non-profit organization serving clients from various backgrounds, including refugees and immigrants. I came to Camba as a refugee, seeking help. After spending sometime with them, atending trainings and meeting with career advisers and job developers, I was able to egt a job within Camba as an Adult Education Instructor. With the above position, I was able to get more insight into the work that Camba does. I was amazed by the range and personalized service that Camba provides to its clients. It is very fulfilling to have a client come back to us, who was struggling to make ends meet a weeks ago, telling us that they have found a job! I am very happy to be a part of this great organization, where we strive to make a real difference to people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a software project manager here at CAMBA. In addition to that, I also volunteer some of my time to help the CAMBA food pantry out with their food drives. Because I live in the same community that is serviced by CAMBA, I believe it is very important that one helps one's own community, particularly in dire times like these. Each week I see the lines at the food pantry growing longer and longer. In order to help out, the food pantry printed up fliers for me to put into people's mailboxes. The food pantry people then followed up with phone calls targeting the specific neighborhoods where I haneded the fliers out.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I work for CAMBA as an after-school site coordinator and am new to the organization. CAMBA is highly organized and efficient. Managers mantain good boundaries, follow through, and are consistent. The organization is so mult-faceted that we are able to serve a number of needs without referring to other agencies. Sometimes, the large size of the organization is a challenge to work with though.