October 11, 2016
From CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc.
From July 1st to September 30, 2016, CAM, Inc. served 271 people.This is 82 men, 91 women, 11 teens and 87 children.This number is unduplicated.
62 households reported being homeless.This report is at sign-in as “homeless” and is per the Client.As you know, everyone’s definition of homeless is different, including the government.Our count includes “couch-surfers”, those being evicted, and such, without a permanent address.
CAM housed 64 people in this third quarter – 48 adults, 12 children and 4 teens.All Clients housed come to us as homeless.We served 77 payee households this quarter.
In this quarter, with the tornado, CAM, Inc. received a call from Granpa Crachet (Sam Bowman) wishing to raise money to help poor children and families in the tornado through CAM.From this, CAM has been honored to be an agency of assistance to families in Garden Square Apartments – those without insurance and cash flow to replace what was lost in the disaster.With referrals through Red Cross and United Way Relief, I have personally visited in 32 homes.
The Howard County Ministerial Association, with Huddle, Psalms Bible Study, Revive Indiana, The Great Banquet, and The Wednesday Pastor’s Prayer Group have been working to invite the community to join in a Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday before Thanksgiving, 6 p.m. at New Beginnings Church, with Pastor Jeff Newton bringing the message, to celebrate coming through the Storm.If any further information is needed, please call me, 765.434.0687.
Rev. Ruth Lawson,
Executive Director of CAM, Inc.
The Granpa Crachet GoFundMe for children of Garden Square Apartments (formerly Gateway) is at $4,345. Donors may contribute on line at this site or directly to CAM, Inc., memo - Tornado Relief for Garden Square. Every penny will go to the families there.
9/7/16 - Donation of Bradley Doyel for Tornado Relief in Kokomo, Indiana
On Thursday, after the tornado hit Kokomo, the Pastor of Camden Baptist Church in Camden, Indiana called.On Sunday, Pastor Jerry Long told about the heartache of the tornado in Kokomo, Indiana.
Bradley Doyel told his father that God was leading him to buy two chainsaws to give.His father called and we talked about the chainsaws and on Monday, found a home for them.
Below is a picture of Bradley and also the case of water he and his father brought to Kokomo.We heard of a man who had already gone through four chainsaws and really needed these.We placed them (brand new from Sears) in the backseat of his mother’s car.
She told us that, when she got to her son, she told him they were in the backseat of her car.He was concerned that his mom would put smelly old chainsaws in the backseat.
I’m only sorry that Bradley did not get to see the expression on his face, when he found out he had two BRAND NEW SEARS CHAINSAWS !!!
What a blessing.Thanks, Mr. Doyel and Bradley for your generosity.
Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. 765.434.0687
We are a ministry dedicated to serve the least of the least in our community. Our motivation is different from State-Federal agencies.
It saddens me that, when it comes to the poor, people seem to be concerned that the "poor" may get too much. As a minister of the generosity of God, we at CAM don't think that way.
9/1/16 - GoFundMe.com/238mvdy4 - Granpa Crachet raising money for Gateway to the Future families, touched by the tornadoes in Kokomo
Face of the Storm
8/25/16 - These are the children of Sparkle and Corey. This family moved into our CAM Family Hope Center in May 19th from a nearly homeless situation.Corey found a job, Sparkle entered schooling, they saved money, readied themselves and moved out last week into permanent housing in Garden Square Apartments.Because it is public housing, Corey’s job at KFC is enough to help them live on their own.
Then yesterday’s storm came through Kokomo, Indiana, and they lost electricity and housing. What do they do? They have nothing. They couldn’t afford any housing insurance to replace what they have lost.
This is where you come in.Granpa Cratchet is establishing a GoFundMe to run through CAM, Inc.This money will be used to help this family and many families like them in Garden Square Apartments.
For more information, please contact Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. 765.434.0687, and much thanks to Granpa Cratchet and Sparkle and Corey, who are willing to be the Face of the Storm for people in Garden Square Apartments.
Granpa (Sam) called me to ask how he could raise money to help the kids in this tornado. The following is my story to him. He has already raised $2,508 ! His goal is $10,0000.
Please look at GoFundMe.com/238mvdy4 He has done a great job & please forward on to everyone you know. Hope Hand Heart For the Homeless
Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. CAMincHopeForHomeless.org 765.434.0687
Sparkle & Corey
Current picture of the kids
They moved into their "permanent housing" to be hit by the tornado. Many people lost much more then even they did. Will you help?
Sat ~ August 20, 2016 ~ 8 a.m.
11th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Shelter First Time In Foster Park
Sat ~ August 20, 2016 ~ 8 a.m. 11th Annual
5K Run/Walk for Shelter First Time In Foster Park
5K Runner and Walkers begin registration at 6:45 a.m. Step Off at 8 a.m., onto Heritage Trail.
Fun Mile “Casual” Walkers begin registration at 7:30 a.m. Step Off at 8 a.m., to walk Foster Park.
Our Major Sponsors are St. Vincent Kokomo and Ameriprise Financial.
This year, we will definitely miss one of Kokomo’s best at organizing runners, caring for others, supporting CAM, Gilead House, Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church, and so many other causes – Charlie Skoog, who moved away.
Sincerely, Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. 765.434.0687
P.S. CAM, Inc. is now guardian for one of the men Charlie took care of in a nursing home here in Kokomo. Charlie was very glad and misses us all.
8/2/16 - Dottie Burns Restarts CAM Table Top Ministry
Dottie Burns has been faithful as a Supervisor of CAM, Inc. on Thursdays for years.There are many Clients that especially come in on Thursday to talk with Dottie.
Age has not slowed her down.Dottie, member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, still organizes St. Pat’s and St. Joan of Arc’s women to bake cakes for every CAM Client’s birthdays.This is over 1,000 cakes every year !
Dottie still organizes the Churches women to bake cookies for the Run for Shelter this August 20th and any reception CAM has.
Dottie still helps organize all the food for the CAM Christmas Party that hosts about 300 Clients each year at Grace United Methodist Church.
Dottie is an amazing Air Force Veteran who served after the Korean War in Hawaii.
Steady in her ministries at her Church and even serving in the community in other ministries, Dottie is ready to move from CAM Thursday Supervisor to restarting CAM Table Top Ministry.
CAM Table Top Ministry began in 1995 when Rev. Ruth’s mother, Elsie Caldwell, came to work each day at CAM, Inc.A pastor’s wife, who had been active in ministry all of her live, sat in the CAM kitchen with her Bible and notebook, ready to talk with everyone and anyone that needed a special ear to listen.Mom would pray with anyone that asked for prayer.
This ministry continued for a few years with Volunteers and Chaplains from Community Howard stopping by, to becoming Men’s groups led by ministers in our area.
Now is the time and Dottie is the person.CAM needs the presence of caring people to come and sit in our kitchen – greet people, chat, offer the food we have donated, have a cup of coffee that is donated, “be available” to listen.The present Workers and Volunteers answering the phones, the CAM Supervisor, CAM Payee Bookkeeper, Case Worker, and Supplies Coordinator’s time is spent helping the 35 people that walk through our doors each day.There is not time to just “sit and talk.”When people are homeless, near homeless, or just making it from paycheck to paycheck, having a caring person like Dottie to “listen” can make all the difference in the world.
If you wish to sign-up for this Table Top Ministry - two hour or half day shifts – call Dottie Burns.She will be at CAM on Thursdays or you can call CAM, 765.452.8963, and leave a message for Dottie to call you back.
Sincerely, Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. 765-434-0687
Thanks to so many who helped us to pass our goal to raise $10,782.26! Special thanks to WIOU - 1350 AM, Rob Rupe, who began this fund raiser and continues to support throughout these 19 years.
First place winners, with a score of 52, was the Kokomo Country Club Golfers –Tony Tutela, Jr, Matt Jager, Ian Connor, and Keenan Gilbert.
In second place, with a tie-breaker and score of 56, was Specialty Tool & Die Company – Brian Riley, Tony Blades, Trent Harshman, and Bob Weisenburger.
The Church who won with the most money, retaining the trophy, is St. Andrews Episcopal Church with $2,217.26.Upper Deer Creek Church came in second place. Charlie Short accepting the Trophy.
St. Andrews Table of Winners eating together.
We had51 Golfers – Rob Armstrong, Blaine Armstrong, Tony Blades, Kevin Bolyard, Pastor Jeff Brown, Samantha Brown, Terri Brown, Alyc Clouse, Ian Connor, Clint Coon, Steve Dezelan, Nick Dunlap, Jonathan Eller, Les Gibson, Keenan Gilbert, Ed Golightly, Bob Graber, Trent Harshman, Julia Hayworth, Fred Horner, Matt Jager, Pete Knapp, Terry Larson, Pastor Bob Lawson, Jeff Lohning, Brad McFarland, Rick Mooney, Mike Powell, Don Price, Elder Jesse Rainey, Joseph Reaves, Tom Rees, Bing Rehling, Brian Remington, Brian Riley, Jimmy Roark, Jr., Larry Rolland, Denise Russell, Floyd Russell, Stephen Short, Jim Smith, Rob Smith, John Snead, Dale Tetrick, Jon Tetrick, Cleveland Thomas, Tony Tutela, Jr., Zach Walker, Don Weida, Bob Weisenburger, andBob Whitehead. (We apologize for one team picture missing.)
Larry Rolland's Team - Rob, Blaine, Nick
1st - Upper Deer Creek Team - Charlene, Floyd, Jonathan, Julia.
(sorry) - 2nd Upper Deer Creek Team - Jeff, Zach, Brad, & Alyc
Pastor Bob, Liberty Baptist, John Snead, Grace United Methodist
Les Gibson, Liberty Baptist
Chrysler Team - Faith Presbyterian Church
Pastor Jeff Brown, Terri & Samantha Brown, Tom Rees
First Farmers Bank & Trust - Jon & Dale Tetrick,
BCR-CPA - Clint Coon
Parkview Mennonite Church - Bob Whitehead
Haynes International - Bing, Don, Rick, Mike
Feed My Sheep Ministries - Cleveland, Joseph,
Elder Jesse Rainey, Pete
JML Electric Team - Bob, Brian, Jimmy, Terry
2nd Chrysler Team - Steve, Don, Rob, Kevin
St. Andrews Episcopal Church Team -
Jim, Fred, Stephen, Ed
Thank you to our Banner Sponsor:
Our Business Flag Sponsors:
Feed My Sheep Ministries
In Memory of Rick Carson / Rice's Golf Center
Liberty Baptist Church
Main Street United Methodist Church
Parkview Mennonite Church
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Upper Deer Creek Church
Jim Butcher - Attorneys at Law
Colescott’s Mobil 1 Lube Express
First Farmers Bank & Trust
Curtis Trainer -Edward Jones
Kurt E. Kingseed, DDS
Kokomo Auto World
North Wood Village Nursing Home
Brian Oaks - Attorney at Law
Jim Reed Properties
Larry Rolland Family
Select Equipment Company, Inc.
Shearer Printing & Office Supplies
From the only homeless shelter in 1993 to housing 154 men, women, and children in 2015; and 67 in first half of 2016. Thank you so much for your support in helping to keep the doors of CAM, Inc. open.
Rev. Ruth Lawson,
Executive Director of CAM, Inc.
CAM, Inc. is Community Service Provider for Center Township Trustee
5/14/16 - 2016 Burgerfest
Please CLICK HERE for a letter from Ruth Lawson about CAM Burgerfest 2016