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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

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ACAM is a tremendous resource for non-profits in Houston. They understand the importance of capacity building and infrastructure demands within the non-profit sector and are committed to helping smaller non-profits reach a standard of excellence in their work.

Advisor

Rating: 5

ACAM is unique because it has the heart and passion of a non-profit and the business astuteness of a large organization. It is committed to improving lives and provides effective, quality-based service models. ACAM's focus on capacity-building and development advances organizational operations and enhances staff knowledge and skills.