Five Star Cleaners Coat Drive

Five Star Cleaners has partnered with CAM for several years now providing us with gently used coats for our clients. People around San Antonio donate their gently used coats to Five Star Cleaners, and they in turn clean and repair the coats to provide them to those in need in the city. As we approach these winter months, we often forget that those who have no where to go and are living on the street don’t have much to keep them warm, so these coats mean everything to them. Consider donating your gently used coats to Five Star Cleaners so they can be of much use to someone in need. This donation drive will go until the end of January 2020.

Most Needed Items

Downtown
  • Men’s Small T-shirts
  • Coats
  • Diapers Size 5 and 6
Northwest
  • Coats
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Pull-ups

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Your old shoes provide new opportunities in your hometown. Did you know there are 46.5 million people living in poverty right here in the United States? Did you know that 16.1 million of these are children? CAM helps people living in poverty gain new dignity, courage and hope. When you donate new or gently used shoes you’re helping people get back on their feet. Please consider donating your gently used shoes, or new shoes, during our Soles4Souls Drive, happening February – March. Shoes can be dropped off at our downtown location at 110 McCullough Avenue or our Northwest location at 5084 DeZavala Rd.

CAM Client Building

As some of you know, CAM’s ceiling in the client building crashed in on us in early October due to severe thunderstorms. We began “Operation CAM Outdoors” on October 17th thinking it would only be a 3 to 4 week temporary solution. We’ve just learned the damaged ceiling is far worse than we anticipated, and it may not be repaired until after December. This is our busiest season with families in major need during the holidays. We see upwards of 200 people each day desperate for food, clothing and financial assistance. We’re calling upon our friends, our family, our supporters, our donors, and asking for your help. We need you. We need help to erect a temporary structure on our property to be used as our waiting area. We need temporary outdoor heaters.  If you can help to donate equipment, labor, or dollars to support this effort please let us know; it will make a difference in the life of someone today and help us through this temporary setback!

Amazon

Guess what CAM fam! Donating to CAM just got a whole lot easier! We know our supporters and donors have busy lifestyles, and not everyone has the time to go and shop for us, or they may not have the time to stop by our campus to drop off their donations. Well, good news….CAM now has an Amazon registry! Like a baby or wedding registry, we’ve added some of our most needed items to this list and you’re able to pick and choose what you’d like to donate to CAM, and once you’ve purchased, it’ll get delivered straight to our organization! Click here to access CAM’s Amazon registry. If you have any questions, contact our Director of Development, Sarah Kory, at: skory@cam-sa.org.

CAM in The Beacon!

CAM has partnered with The Beacon, a local Christian magazine who shines a light on some of the good things happening in this community. CAM was approached by a member of The Beacon asking to partner with us. The magazine is sponsor driven, and two of our very treasured partners and supporters, Punchdown Communications and John R. Hannah & Co., LLP, sponsored a 2-page article highlighting CAM’s story. Click here to access the online magazine; CAM’s article is on pages 16-17.

CAM is so incredibly excited about this new partnership. One of our many goals is to highlight our story in the San Antonio community as there are so many people who don’t know about our organization. Being informed about CAM could help so many people in need. The more we discuss our organization and what we do and who we help, the more we’re preparing people with the information they need to share with those who may be in need of one or many of our services.

Huge Philanthropic Gift for CAM!

CAM is most honored to share that we were one of a handful of nonprofits awarded large financial contributions by Harvey Najim as part of a matching grant with the SAAF/Santikos and Valero. For several years now we’ve been planning, partnering with our neighbors, and developing a strategic vision for serving another 40 years that will allow us to serve more and serve better. Our donated property, gifted to the organization by Grace Lutheran Church, is an incredible location for serving those in need and for creating a convenient location for people to volunteer and donate items to implement our mission. However, we realized that we needed to be good stewards of the property and utilize the space to its maximum capacity. On September 6, 2018, Harvey Najim officially announced that he will be awarding Christian Assistance Ministry $500,000 to begin this incredible property maintenance, improvement and expansion of our existing 5,500 square foot warehouse that will include adding heat and air (something it has never had) and it will mean that we can make an incredible difference in the lives of the 50,000 working poor families and over 14,000 children in need of a hand-up in our community. Click here to access to formal press release. Join us in thanking Harvey Najim! To learn more about CAM’s vision, plans for the future and working with others along McCullough Ave click here.

Why Wheat?

The wheat logo for CAM references our commitment to sharing and caring for all of those in need by feeding them, clothing them, by providing financial assistance and by feeding their soul through grace and love. Wheat is often a symbol of life, sustainability, charity and love. Wheat is a global sustainer of life being utilized to create various forms of bread in different cultures. Historically people planted, harvested and broke bread together for the betterment of their community. Celebrating this incredible bounty by giving back was and is an important part of all cultures. Today many of us harvest in different ways and sharing our bounty with others is still incredibly important.: "When you harvest the crops on your land, do not cut all the way to the corners of your field. Don’t pick up the grain that falls on the ground. Leave it for the poor…"

Leviticus, 23:22

CAM

Just like a triage or emergency room, people come to CAM in all sort of crisis. No appointment is necessary and all are welcome.

What We Do

Our mission is to share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis. We do this in the following ways:
Service
CAM serves over 50,000 people on an annual basis with important “safety net” resources including food, clothing, financial assistance for prescriptions, utilities and ID recovery just to name a few. We strive to meet their immediate needs to avoid further crisis and then help them gain access to additional community resources. 75% of those we serve are working poor and 14,000 are children
Community
We work with over 200 volunteers in San Antonio, Texas. Want to join our community?
Grace
Every person who comes to CAM, regardless of beliefs, is considered a child of God. Help is extended to all clients through the distribution of food, clothing, financial assistance, or by referrals to other agencies, prayer and a listening ear.