CAM Celebrates 24th Birthday
Melody Lynn Imbler
CAM - Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc. Celebrates 24th Birthday - May 1, 2017.
With 24 years of ministry, CAM Inc continues to reach out to the homeless and near homeless,
Still serving over 1,000 people every year!
In 2016 CAM served 1406 people - including 466 children and teens. We housed 121 homeless people - 72 men, 22 women, and 27 children and teens.
Our constant goal is "meet needs not being met." We began CAM, growing out of the Trustee's Drop-In Center in 1993, to be the first Representative Payee for the general public receiving SSI, thus preventing homelessness. Today we continue this ministry as Payee for approximately 89 households with our Payee Bookkeeper, Cindy Rupp. We are still the only homeless day shelter, serving six counties.
In November 1998, we began night shelter of our first person – Mattie Bach Smith, 80 years old and sleeping on our porch in a cold winter. We now shelter some men for free on mats after the Drop-In closes, and in 2007, we developed the Bill Hudson Project to rent a bed for $5 a night for six working men.
2009, we opened the Family Hope Center with Family Worship Center for intact familieswith live-in Supervisor.
2011, we were given 3 good trailers and began our Permanent Housing/Living with Assistance.
2012, the Peru CAM began and only was open a couple of years.
2013, Wayman Chapel AME Church began a ministry with us called the Wayman Johnson Home for homeless families; in 2014, we opened the Serena House foryoung women 18 to 25 years
In 2014, we opened the Serena House for young women 18 to 25 years old with a House Mother.
2015, we helped begin Tipton CAM, Inc.
In 2016, we were given a house that is now being purchased by a couple, caring for the wife’s blind father.
CAM, Inc has been blessed with so many good workers - many coming from homelessness to stability. Our Clients are represented on our governing board, and several have become Employees throughout the years – from driving our vans, moving people, night supervisors, to our present Case Worker, Carl Brocks, who is Region V CAM SOAR Representative. The daily Hands-On Warrior who keeps this all together is our Executive Supervisor, Kathy Esslinger.
We are very pleased to announce that this year, CAM, Inc. has received a Grant from the Community Foundation of Howard County for $12,500 to do some major repairs needed at the Serena House property. For a portion of this Grant, we need your help to raise $7,500 – as a matching grant. We so appreciate the Foundation’s generous assistance.
As a Community Service Provider for Center Township Trustees and only through the generosity of this community, can CAM, Inc. continue to serve.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Rev. Ruth Lawson, Executive Director of CAM, Inc.