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GRATE AMERICAN SLEEPOUT



Dear Friends,

  Due to the updated restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (corona virus), The ‘Grate American Sleepout’ which was rescheduled for May 1st, 2020 and the Nelson’s Chicken fundraiser scheduled for April 22nd are both canceled. Continue taking precautions to keep yourself and others around you to stay safe.

God bless!



  Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc. in partnership with other local entities that provide services to the homeless, will sponsor the “Grate American Sleepout.” This event is a homeless simulation activity designed to increase awareness of what it would be like to experience homelessness. The evening will include assignment of an identity, learning about the different agencies that provide assistance locally, a meal provided by the Red Cross, and sleeping in a box outdoors for the night. In the morning, breakfast and debriefing will take place at Kokomo Rescue Mission.


  Our goal is to have 20 youth groups participate. Each individual participant is asked to obtain donations and complete a pledge list with donors supporting them for their participation. The proceeds for this event will support the work of CAM in providing services including transportation, furniture donation delivery & pickup, case management, hygiene kits, and other supportive services to those in need.


  There is a link to download the flier, pledge sheet, and schedule for the evening below. Please consider having a group of youth from your church participate in this activity. Families, teams, scouts and individuals are also welcome! There will be a prize for the participant who collects the most donations and a trophy for the group with the most participants. Contact me at the number below with any questions.


Thank you and God bless,

Dennine J. Smith, MPH
Executive Director
Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 523
210 N. Market St
Kokomo, IN 46903
(765)434-0687


Event Schedule

Flyer

Pledge Sheet



Introduction of New Executive Director of CAM, Inc. – Dennine Smith

We thank AP103 Productions, Kokomo, Indiana, for their gracious filming of this Event – October 8, 2019. Dennine begins November 1, 2019. Rev. Ruth Lawson will move to a retired position – Director of Church Relations.


Sincerely, Rev. Ruth Lawson

Dennine Smith – 765-434-0687


CAM, is a people to people ministry. Many of our volunteers and employees are clients that we have helped in the past. This is our twenty sixth year. There are some issues that we are counting on this fundraiser to help with. We are looking at replacing two central air units this spring. Our main building at 210 N Market is in need of new gutters, and our public kitchen, in this same building, needs repair. 50 – 75 people a day has taken its toll. On our Facebook page “Cam Hope” you can read a rendition of a lot of the services we provide for people in our community. It takes a city, a state, a nation! ❤️

In 2018, We housed 69 Men – Upstairs & Downstairs
In 2018 We Housed 58 People In The Family Hope Center
  • 15 Fathers
  • 16 Mothers
  • 20 Children
  • 7 Teens
When homeless families move in, Food gift cards would be very helpful.
This Ministry Began in 2012 With A Donation of 3 very fine trailers in Heartland MHC (formerly Bon Air)
One Trailer has a Case Manager assisting two other clients. Second Trailer has one Veteran assisting another Veteran. Third Trailer has two men on disability.

CAM Permanent Housing also includes the Wayman-Johnson Home, The Washington Home, & The Wabash Home
Wayman-Johnson Home
The Wayman‐Johnson Home began in 2013 ‐ A Combined Ministry with Wayman Chapel AME Church

The Serena House has become The Washington Home, housing a single father and 3 children

The Wabash Home was a gift. The Dunn‐Wiggins Family began purchase Sept 2016