Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM)

 

Building the capacity of Houston's social service safety net


Rockwell Fund is proud to partner with the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc. (ACAM), a member services organization committed to advancing high-impact collaboration, service excellence and organizational development among Community Assistance Ministries (CAMs) in the Greater Houston area. CAMs are there for people when they have nowhere else to turn for basic needs, and ACAM enables CAMs to have even greater impact.

Established as a pilot project in 2004 by a collaboration of local nonprofits led by Rockwell Fund, the Houston Endowment, and the United Way of Greater Houston, the ACAM concept was a response to research findings indicating capacity building activities could help CAMs be more effective and accomplish more in their communities.  Today, ACAM is an independent 501(c)(3) serving 12 member CAMs through:

  • Collaborating to create higher impact outcomes and to provide access to diverse resources
  • Training and networking to develop best practices, provide mutual support and increase their knowledge bases
  • Setting the standard of ministry service to ensure excellence within the industry
  • Advancing the position of each member in the network and the collaborative as a whole through advocacy and outreach
  • Expanding the reach of programs to increase the impact of the network
  • Developing relationships with funders, members and community partners in order to ensure long-term sustainability


Since 2004, ACAM has issued 303 grants to 25 area ministries for a total investment of $5,552,071.

Highlight

In early 2013, ACAM (in partnership with a group of member ministries) was awarded an Emergency Solutions Grant by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.  The grant of over $580,000 will support the ministries' work to prevent homelessness and provide rapid re-housing to homeless families in Greater Houston over one year period from October 2013 - September 2014.

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ACCAMPic

The network of community assistance ministries serve nearly 300,000 Houstonians a year.