Despite delays, Cypress Assistance Ministries moves forward on new building

Cypress Assistance Ministries hosts its annual Angel Breakfast on April 30.

Cypress Assistance Ministries hosts its annual Angel Breakfast on April 30.

Although Cypress Assistance Ministries has seen construction and permitting delays on its new headquarters under construction on Cypress North Houston Road, officials said they hope to be in the new building within the next year.

CAM distributed 228 tons of food to Cy-Fair residents in need in 2018—up from 148 tons in 2014, Executive Director Martha Burnes said at the organization’s annual Angel Breakfast on April 30.

“As glad as I am that CAM can make that growth and be able to provide food to people who need it, it saddens me that that many more people need help,” she said. “But we’re coming together as a community, [and] Cy-Fair’s one of the most generous communities around.”

Funds raised at the event will help purchase fixtures, furniture and equipment for the new facility, which officials broke ground on in July.

Burnes said as demand for CAM’s financial assistance services increases each year, the organization has outgrown its current space at 11202 Huffmeister Road, Houston.

“If you’ve been to the food pantry, you know that the aisles are tight, we’ve got food stacked to the ceiling,” she said. “If you go to the CAM main building, you’re likely to see cases of toilet paper under somebody’s desk because that’s the only place we have to put it.”

Guest speaker and H-E-B President Scott McClelland spoke about the challenges stemming from Houston’s growing poverty rates, such as more economically disadvantaged students in local schools.

“It’s amazing to think that in Houston, Texas, one in five families today is food insecure,” he said. “They don’t know if they’re going to have enough food to eat today or tomorrow when they open up that pantry.”

McClelland said organizations such as the Houston Food Bank and CAM help support low-income families by providing healthy food, freeing up more funds so families can afford other essentials such as rent, health care and clothing for their children.

At CAM, families can pick out what they want from the food pantry based on family size and financial needs. The nonprofit also helps families pay rent and utility bills, offers ESL and GED classes, offers services for underemployed and unemployed individuals looking for jobs, and provides school supplies for children each fall and toys for children at Christmastime.

For more information about services offered at CAM or to learn about how to volunteer or contribute financially, visit www.cypressassistance.org.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Danica Smithwick

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.


MOST RECENT

Census day is April 1. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
With local funding on the line, Houston's census advocates navigate coronavirus challenges

An undercount in the Houston area could affect federal aid allocations and congressional representation.

Harris County's "Stay Home-Work Safe" order has been extended through April 30. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County stay-at-home order extended until April 30; some nonviolent inmates to be released from county jail

The order requires Harris County residents to stay home and avoid nonessential travel.

All Cy-Fair ISD campuses and facilities are closed during the coronavirus outbreak. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
BREAKING: Cy-Fair ISD announces school closure extension through May 1

Cy-Fair ISD Superintendent Mark Henry announced March 31 that district campuses and facilities would remain closed through May 1.

Patrick Jankowski projects more than 150,000 regional job losses due to the coronavirus. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston economist predicts more than 150,000 job losses this year due to coronavirus

While sectors that are considered nonessential and cannot deliver their goods and services remotely are most at risk, the economist said all jobs are on the line if the shutdown continues after May.

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference. (Screenshot via livestream)
'Now is the time to redouble our efforts': Abbott issues executive order for state on COVID-19 extending school closures, clarifying essential services

Gov. Greg Abbott updated Texans and issued an executive order regarding the state's response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis during a March 31 afternoon press conference.

Lone Star College campuses will remain closed until April 30. (Photo by Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College campuses closed until April 30

Lone Star College's updated spring semester includes keeping campuses closed until April 30.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo provided updates on the county's "Stay Home-Work Safe" order at a March 30 press conference. (Screenshot via Harris County)
Hidalgo: Extension of stay-at-home order not a matter of 'if,' but 'how long'

The order was set to expire April 3 but will be extended as cases of COVID-19 spike in the county.

Total cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area continue to rise. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Coronavirus case updates: Houston, Harris County combine for more than 110 new cases

Total cases of COVID-19 in the Greater Houston area continue to rise.

Officials in the hospitality industry said hotels are experiencing single-digit occupancy rates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Local hotels feel strain of coronavirus

Single-digit occupancy rates have led to layoffs and worries about being able to make debt payments.

The distillery will be distributing free, 32-ounce bottles of in-house-made hand sanitizer to local residents at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31.
Champions-area Whitmeyer's Distilling Co. switches gears from producing whiskey to hand sanitizer

At 10 a.m. on March 31, the distillery will be distributing 32-ounce bottles of house-made hand sanitizer to local residents free of charge.

Fifty-one percent of energy firms surveyed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in mid-March said they expect the number of employees at their companies to decrease in 2020. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Federal Reserve business economist discusses the energy industry's 2020 outlook

The industry is contending with effects of the coronavirus outbreak and uncertainty in the oil market following a steep price drop in March.

Alvin and Friendswood ISD move to support underserved students as classes start online. (Courtesy Fotolia)
How Houston-area school districts are responding to coronavirus

Here are some updates from the last week on how school districts across the Greater Houston area are adapting during the coronavirus outbreak.