CAM was founded in 1977 by nine downtown churches and today is supported by over 80 today. CAM works much like an emergency room of social services, all are welcome and no one must make an appointment. By providing for safety net needs, immediately, we can ensure that further crisis can be avoided or that the client is stabilized in order to get further help with a specialized nonprofit. Our services begin with a personal interview, referrals, and specific resources (food, clothing and financial help).
CAM is dedicated to helping those with great need facing long term or short term crisis. CAM is now supported by local churches, foundations, individuals, “in-kind” donations and a volunteer force of 250. Services are administered at 2 donated locations on church properties and serves 50,000 people annually with 8 full time and 3 part time staff. CAM provides food, clothing, utility assistance, prescription assistance, ID recovery (vital for help with housing, insurance and employment), a free place to receive mail, and transportation to medical appointments or bus passes for the newly employed.
CAM provides “safety net” services for vulnerable and at risk populations. CAM serves the working poor that may only make ends meet on a monthly basis and may not qualify for government programs but have a short term need. CAM also works with populations who are chronically vulnerable due to disabilities, poverty, abuse, substance abuse issues, age, illness, etc. These individuals need an organization like CAM to provide for many resources and to connect them to social service programs working on the systemic issue.
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.