Cypress Community Assistance Ministries

aka Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM)   |   Cypress, TX   |  www.cypressassistance.org

Mission

Cypress Assistance Ministries is a faith based organization that serves individuals and families in financial crisis, those on the brink of homelessness, the elderly, the unemployed and anyone that needs hope for a better future. Unexpected events such as illness, separation, job loss, and family crisis can be overwhelming, and that’s when CAM steps in. Assistance ranges from financial help with rent or utilities, food, furniture, clothing and household goods to providing job counseling services and job leads. Our goal is to restore our neighbors, regardless of religious or ethnic background, to self-sufficiency. In addition, CAM provides school supplies, holiday meals, and toys at Christmas for our neighbors in need.

Ruling year info

1901

Executive Director

Ms. Martha Burnes

Main address

PO Box 2336

Cypress, TX 77410 USA

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EIN

76-0313478

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cypress Community Assistance Ministries (CAM) addresses the many issues that accompany the lack of financial resources, language barriers, and unemployment. CAM’s mission is to help those in crisis move into self-sufficiency by taking stumbling blocks and turning them into stepping stones as we provide support and education. Hard times can come about through a variety of situations – unexpected illness, divorce, job loss, and pandemic just to name a few. That is when CAM steps in, offering the helping hand that will lead families back onto the road to self-sufficiency.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Client Assistance

Client Assistance provides emergency assistance including: financial assistance, primarily for rent and utilities; transportation for the elderly and disabled to critical appointments; emergency food supplies; vouchers for clothing, furniture and household goods from Angels' Attic, CAM's resale store; at back-to-school time provides a backpack, school supplies, new underwear and new shoes to any child needing assistance in our area.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Adults

Operation Jobs provided one-on-one job counseling, offering for each individual: resume and cover letter preparation, training in the interview process; job leads on a weekly basis; internet access; and clothing for interviews as needed.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

CAM's Food Pantry provides food, toiletries and paper goods to those in need in the community. The Pantry relies heavily on donations of food and toiletries to provide these services.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Families

Four levels of ESL classes are available year-round, opening new doors for these students.  GED classes are offered on a year-round basis and individual tutoring for GED students is available.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Merriment at the Ministry is CAM's program that makes sure any child in our area can experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning. This also allows their parents to have peace of mind, not having to decide whether to purchase toys or pay the electric bill.  Merriment at the Ministry also provides each family with a gift card to a local store in addition to a Baking Basket containing everything you'd need to make Christmas cookies with your children. CAM relies heavily on the community for the toys, teen gifts, gift cards and baking baskets for these families.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of people receiving food via CAM's Food Pantry each year.

Number of families assisted with rent or mortgage to avoid eviction

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Client Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of families remaining in their homes with electricity and water due to financial assistance.

Number of participants who gain employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Operation Jobs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals finding permanent employment after working one-on-one with an Operation Jobs counselor.

Number of children who received school supplies

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Client Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of low-income households who have received utilities assistance to keep the lights, heat and/or water on in their homes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Client Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Client Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CAM's goal to restore individuals and families to self-sufficiency is accomplished on several fronts. Client Assistance serves people who are struggling financially due to a crisis, providing short-term help for rent or mortgage and utilities. These individuals go through a one-on-one interview with an Assistance Counselor, and a determination is made as to the effectiveness of short-term assistance. CAM's goal of all families in our area having enough to eat is accomplished through our Food Pantry. Senior citizens and adults with mobility issues receive home delivery of food once a month. For people who are unemployed or underemployed, Operation Jobs provides services to help secure permanent full-time employment. For individuals who need instruction in the English language, year-round ESL classes are provided. For people who need assistance preparing for GED testing, CAM offers year-round GED classes in addition to one-on-one tutoring. All programs are geared to offer a helping hand to people who are struggling to get back on their feet.

CAM has been successfully helping members of the community for over 30 years by providing these programs and services:

• Client Assistance provides emergency financial assistance and food for qualifying families and individuals. Emergency financial help is available primarily for rent and utilities. The Food Pantry allows individuals and families to "shop" with points for the food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies they and their families need.
• Special Delivery provides home delivery of food, toiletries, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to senior citizens and disabled people with mobility issues.
• Operation Jobs provides one-on-one job counseling, resume preparation, cover letter preparation and reference letter requests. Job leads are updated daily and are emailed to clients on a regular basis. Clients are educated on interview skills and salary negotiation.
• GED classes are offered on a year-round basis and a waiting list is maintained.
• Four levels of ESL classes are provided on a year-round basis.
• Merriment at the Ministry is CAM’s Christmas program, providing a generous distribution of toys to underprivileged children in the community.
• At Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas individuals and families receive boxes of food with not only the ingredients for a tasty holiday meal, but with food for the family while the children are on break from school.
• CAM's Back to School program ensures each child in the area starts school with their own backpack, school supplies, new underwear, and a pair of new shoes. Each child is also provided a voucher to be used to purchase clothing in Angels' Attic, CAM's resale store.
• Angels’ Attic, CAM’s resale store, allows people to shop with vouchers from Client Assistance. Clothing, household goods, and more are available for purchase at affordable prices by the community as well, with all proceeds going to fund the ministry.

Cypress Assistance Ministries' 30 year history of serving the community is testament to our capability of meeting the goals. We evaluate the needs of the community and maintain or modify programs based on those needs. CAM’s key strengths include the organization’s demonstrated ability to provide high quality, necessary services, which help people gain their self-sufficiency. Staff is committed, and the services and programs offered are monitored for quality. When there is a challenge, the organization meets it through innovation. CAM has an excellent reputation and is looked to by other service providers as a leader. In addition, assets include a Board of Directors with several members that possess deep experience in business, finance, and accounting who practice proper governance and oversight, all while supporting the staff; multiple revenue streams including a resale store that funds the majority of the administrative costs; a clear mission, filling basic needs in the community; a strong supportive volunteer base; and the ability to evaluate, make changes, and move forward as the needs in the community evolve.

Over the course of the last 30 years Cypress Assistance Ministries has grown from a one-person local outreach ministry feeding people from the backseat of a car to an effective 501(c)3 community organization that serves over 15,000 people per year. The next step is to locate all services under one roof with the space to add and expand programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Conversations with existing clients.,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    CAM's Client Assistance Program modified hours to allow for more walk-in time versus requiring appointments for more days per week.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Cypress Community Assistance Ministries

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Rambousek

Retired, Shell Corporation

William Rose

Thomas DeBauche

Marty Weidemann

Kerry Williams

Frank Angelle

Mary Papageorge

AmCap Mortgage

Mandie Shook

CenterPoint

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.