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
- 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.
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.
Read more (PDF).
The network of community assistance ministries serve nearly
300,000 Houstonians a year.