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HAAM was organized in 1990 to address the needs expressed by local clergy representing 16 congregations within northeast Harris and East Montgomery Counties to centralize community outreach efforts and avoid duplication of social services. Over the years, HAAM has expanded and adapted its scope of services to meet community needs. HAAM currently serves 14 zip codes within northeast Harris and east Montgomery Counties, including the communities of Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, New Caney, Splendora, Porter, Huffman and Crosby. Services are organized into seven program areas: Basic Needs, Education, Employment, Senior Services, Family Services, and Supportive Services, and Disaster Relief. The quality of HAAM's service delivery is reflected in the agency's high ratings on its most recent assessment from the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM), a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, and Platinum-level status from Guidestar.
HAAM is in partnership with more than 30 covenant congregations and maintains membership in the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries (ACAM), the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Greater East Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. The agency also maintains strong partnerships with other community agencies and resources, including the Houston Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank, Humble ISD, American Red Cross, Project Mammogram, Lone Star College, CHRISTUS Health, University of Houston, Catholic Charities, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Community Partner Program, and other institutions.
The vision of HAAM is to meet immediate basic living needs of community members; promote self-sufficiency; partner with other community agencies /organizations to continue to assist those in the community; and proactively seek new resources and tools to serve those in need. HAAM operates under a code of practice that instills a sense of dignity and respect in each client, visitor, volunteer and staff person while focusing on the needs of the clients, meeting them where they are and serving with integrity and refraining from judgment of any individual situation. HAAM embraces, values, and champions diversity of all clients, volunteers and staff.
Education Program services include adult basic education such as literacy and life skills classes, ESL classes and Financial Literacy. In addition – through a partnership with Lone Star College – HAAM provides tuition assistance and assistance with books and supplies for clients to complete certification programs (e.g. Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Culinary Arts and Dental Assistant training programs).
HAAM has a history of working with high-risk individuals to support them throughout their education journey. In 2017, HAAM served 13 clients in the GED program. Ten of those completed the program; 50% of completers passed the test. That’s roughly equivalent to the overall Texas GED pass rate of 53% in 2016 (“Number of Texans Getting GED is Falling Fast,” by Laruen Caruba, San Antonio Express News January 8, 2018). And it’s impressive given that the clients HAAM serves often face numerous obstacles in completing a program and mastering the materials for the test. Additionally, HAAM served 19 individuals enrolled in certification programs, such as Certified Nurses Aid or Phlebotomy; 81% of those clients completed their program. We strive for 100% completion and provide case management and wraparound services in support of that goal, but can realistically estimate some attrition or failure to pass the final tests based on historical data.
In 2017, HAAM provided 50 sessions of adult literacy and 128 sessions of financial literacy. 78 students participated in the ESL program.
Supportive Services include wrap around services that promote and foster a continuum of care. The goal is to provide a variety of services that go beyond basic needs, such as wellness through medical screenings, children’s vaccinations, increasing knowledge on nutrition, helping families prepare for back to school and providing a joyful holiday season with toys and holiday baskets.
Executive Director, Humble Area Assistance Ministries
Millie Dawson Garrison moved to the Lake Houston area and joined Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) in 2001 as the Education Director. During her tenure at HAAM she has filled multiple roles and now leads HAAM as the Executive Director in a mission of “help & hope”. Millie is passionate about assisting individuals and organizations to reach their full potential.
Garrison earned her degree from the University of Oklahoma and CCE Studies in Prevention Services. She is a member of HR Houston and the Rotary Club of Humble Intercontinental, Strawbridge United Methodist Church, and a graduate of the inaugural Leadership Lake Houston program, she was recognized as a Woman of Achievement in the Lake Houston area. Garrison has served on the National Charity League (NCL) Kings Trail executive board. She previously served as a board member for Journey of Faith ROC and currently serves on the ACAM (Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries) Board of Directors. Millie helped establish the Community Response Task Force (CRTF) in 2005, serving the 59 North corridor and currently is a member of the CRTF Board of Directors. In her current role as HAAM Executive Director, she also oversees two resale stores that provide direct funding for various social service programs. Garrison is married with two children and resides in Kingwood.
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