Thanks to Oakbrook Community Church
For Helping to Raise $55,392 for CAM, Inc.
In 2006, Pastor Mark Malin visited CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc. at 210 North Market, Kokomo, Indiana. As a homeless day shelter since 1993, CAM, Inc. was considering expanding into specific homeless housing not available in Kokomo. With the visit, Pastor Malin was touched that we were serving over 1,000 people every year. He wanted to see if Oakbrook could connect in a meaningful way to help the homeless in our community through CAM, Inc.
In August, 2006, Oakbrook sponsored the first Run For Shelter, a 5-K run at Oakbrook Valley for CAM, Inc. With the hard work of Doug Mygrant, Oakbrook Valley Staff, the first year raised $4,515, and the Runs continued each year through 2016. These would not have been possible without the assistance of Club Kokomo Road Runners and especially Dana Neer.
We have made the decision that the 2016 Run for Shelter would be the last. With 11 races, Oakbrook helped to raise $55,392 for CAM to serve the homeless! What a blessing.
CAM wishes to thank Pastor Malin and Oakbrook Community Church for your gracious gifts of the Run for Shelters. Several years ago, we had a Resident at CAM, Inc. who found work at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass and was able to craft a beautiful Thank You Trophy. We offer this as a small token of our appreciation.
We look forward to other adventures to bring meaningful events for the community, while helping CAM, Inc. to financially keep our doors open.
Sincerely, Rev. Ruth Lawson, Executive Director of CAM, Inc. 765-434-0687
A BIG THANK YOU!
Thanks to Refreshing Springs Church of God in Christ Singles Ministry
Thanks to the Singles Ministry, Gail Dodson President, of Refreshing Springs Church of God in Christ, Pastor A. Wendall Brown and Lady Tarita Brown, who gave support to the ministry of CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc., with a sponsorship of $250 for a young woman at the Serena House.Additionally, $150 donation was given toward the general needs of CAM, Inc.
Presenting the donations to Rev. Ruth Lawson were Shelly Lawrence and her son Plez Lawrence.
With Plez’s Carver Center Shirt, we are proud at CAM, Inc. to all work together to offer supportive ministries to our community.
Thank you so much for your gift.
Rev. Ruth Lawson,
Executive Director of CAM, Inc.
CAM Candlelight Service for Kokomo
Observance of the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
will be The Longest Night of Winter
December 21st at 6 PM
on the front porch of the CAM Shelter
210 N. Market Kokomo, IN
We will light candles in memory of those who were our Clients
and Volunteers who passed in this last year.
One poet of CAM wrote;
I am a person
I am viable
I am loved as God’s own child.
He is the reason
I want to do better each day
And give thanks for those at CAM who Care
Thank you to the Community for assisting CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc.
for a great 2016 Christmas Celebration!
On November 1st, CAM Clients began signing up for a personalized gift, from $10 to $15. We signed up 820 gifts and matched these out to 40 Churches, Individuals, and Organizations. The gifts ranged from newborns to four 80 year olds. These pictures are from our CAM Christmas Party, December 15th – the coldest day of the year, so far:
With 42 Volunteers, we had food from 25 churches, organizations, and individuals, with over 400 CAM Guests – good food, good gifts, Santa, Crafts, Games, and Santa Chimney for children. Floyd Stephens provided music and we had live piano with singing by Tim Mims – it was a great party !
THEN – on Tuesday, December 20th, we had the CAM Santa Shop. With the help of Redeemer Lutheran Children and many toys donated by the community throughout the year, we gave out 1,610 gifts for children not registered in a parent’s home and for grandchildren by grandparents.
We have a CAM Volunteer who takes all the gifts turned into CAM throughout the year – takes them to her home, washes each toy, and puts in batteries as needed!
About CAM Donations – Word of Thanks from a CAM Client
This tree was donated to CAM – now set up in a Client’s home. Here is her story about receiving CAM Christmas gifts and tree:
“I have talked to my children about the real meaning of Christmas and how it's better to give than to receive. (5 year old) will tell you he is blessed because he is...I’m just having a rough time at the
moment and once I get back on my feet, I will pay this forward. It's funny because
I was just thinking last couple months how blessed I have been and then I go thru some hardships, and it's amazing seeing God’s love pour into me.. Thank you so much for helping my kids with Christmas because they weren't going to be able to have CHRISTMAS until after the fact, I couldn't jeopardize our apartment to buy Christmas toys, I couldn't!! 3 years ago, I was homeless for 3 months and it was awful, but God has provided and He's been there thru it all with me. There is no one else I'd rather have in my corner than Jesus! God bless you for helping.”
“Hi, I just wanted to thank you again for the very generous gifts and Christmas tree!!!! My son is beyond excited to have a tree now - God bless you!!! I just want you to know you have dramatically made a huge difference in my house this Holiday season.. thank you again for being the hands and feet of Jesus. God is so so good to me...you honestly have no idea! Thanks again, for being a huge Blessing to me and my kids.. God is good all the time!!!”
Thank you. You are such a wonderful, caring, and giving community. She really has said it all.
Rev. Ruth Lawson,
Executive Director of CAM, Inc.
CAM Thanksgiving Dinner will be Wednesday Nov 16th at 12:00 noon. At Spirit Wind Church in fellowship hall behind the church loacated at 1435 S Armstrong St.
If you would like to help and give back please see the list of Needs below.....
*Food donations for the meal.
*24 Turkeys(12 to cook and 12 to give away)
*We have a Turkey drawing at the dinner. People have been so blessed by it. Last year several people cried because they were not going to be able to have a thanksgiving dinner, and then they were able too!
*We ask for cash donations for the rest of the dinner.
*Anything over abundance will be given to the CAM supported housing; Family Hope Center, The Serena House, The Mens Shelter, and CAM Permanent Housing Project.(Also maybe raffled at the Turkey Raffle at the dinner) Thank you and God Bless
Nov 1st, 2016
Community Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday - Nov 22, 2016 - 6 p.m.
New Beginnings Christian Fellowship
1900 S Berkley Rd – Kokomo, Indiana
Calling Together ~ Huddle, Psalms Bible Study, Revive Indiana, The Great Banquet, The HCMA, The Wednesday Pastor’s Prayer Group, and The Community to celebrate coming from Chaos to Thanksgiving.
Special Music - Testimonies - Hymns - Scripture Words of Thanksgiving brought by Rev. Jeff Newton
For further information, please contact Rev. Jeff Russell, HCMA Community Liaison - 765-776-0868; or Rev. Ruth Lawson, HCMA President – 765-434-0687.
October 27th, 2016
CAM is in need of warm blankets. Please drop off your donations to CAM at 210 Market St Kokomo,IN 46903, any questions please call (765) 452-8963, THANK YOU and God bless you for giving to those in need.
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.
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.
Sincerely,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
Sincerely, 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 ~ Was the Last Run for Shelter
CAM, Inc. would like to Thank Oakbrook Community Church for beginning the Run for Shelter in 2006. With the 11 "Runs", Oakbrook helped raise for CAM, Inc. $55,392.00 !!
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.