Cypress Assistance Ministries Celebrates 25th Anniversary

CY-FAIR, TX – Cypress Assistance Ministries (CAM), a local nonprofit organization providing services to individuals and families needing financial, food and employment assistance, today announces the 25 anniversary of the founding of CAM and the introduction of new branding to usher in a new era.  CAM will introduce a new logo and mission statement, in addition to implementing new strategies to assess and then meet the changing community needs.

Cypress Assistance Ministries was founded in July of 1990 as the ministry of a local church, serving macaroni and cheese meals from the backseat of a car.  Within a year CAM was its own entity, with nonprofit status in place, poised to grow.  Today, CAM serves members of the community in crisis, providing financial assistance primarily toward rent and utilities, food for individuals and families with children, offering resume updates and mock interviews, along with job counseling and job leads through the Operation Jobs program, and ESL and GED classes on a year-round basis.    

“CAM has grown with the needs of the community, and now it’s time to ask the community what additional needs we might be missing.” states Martha Burnes, the executive director of CAM since January 2015.  To that end, Burnes implemented a Council of Congregations this summer, inviting pastors within the four nearby zip codes to come together with the staff at CAM to discuss needs being seen in their respective churches.  “Maybe it’s daycare costs that are keeping someone from going to job interviews,” says Burnes, “so let’s survey our clients too, to see if we are best meeting their needs.”  CAM continues to seek input from the community as new programs are established.  “As we move forward, helping our neighbors who need it most will remain our highest priority.  That hasn’t changed in the last 25 years and will continue to be where we focus our energies.”

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Press release courtesy of CAM