CAM: a labor of love



CAM Executive Director Dan Minnich is pictured with Sonya Reyna at CAM, located at 500 Ave. H in Poteet. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

CAM Executive Director Dan Minnich is pictured with Sonya Reyna at CAM, located at 500 Ave. H in Poteet. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. LISA LUNA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Atascosa Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) is continuing its mission of serving the community. Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, CAM is located at 500 Ave. H in Poteet, across from Tuttle Motors.

Executive Director Dan Minnich filled the position in August, following the retirement of longtime director Rev. Junior Jones.

“We are there for people for emergency pantry needs, clothing and furniture, as they are available to us to give to others.”

This past Monday, for example, they were able to help a family that needed air mattresses. He also often gets requests from both men and women asking about day labor work.

“The day is nonstop, but we have lots of volunteers. Mary Rodriguez is on the board of directors and is here almost every day, overseeing handing out the bread. Our goal is to help others with the resources that the other churches give us,” said Minnich. “We are supported by local churches, service groups and private individuals. I remind people when they come in that it is Christian Assistance Ministry and we will help everyone that comes through the doors.”

Melissa Richenbacher and Teresa Minnich volunteer at CAM.

Melissa Richenbacher and Teresa Minnich volunteer at CAM.

He added, “None of this would be here if it wasn’t for people who believe what the word of God says. As believers we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”

Every morning, he prays with the volunteers and those waiting in the lobby.

CAM allows for free shopping once a month per family member.

They also offer a 13-gallon bag of clothes for $8 for those able to pay. Such donations help keep the doors open and the lights on.

CAM also provides an ongoing, emergency food pantry.

“Consequently, we are always looking for canned food items and non-perishables to refill the pantry.”

The center held a coat drive in January and was able to give out almost all of the coats they received.

“A big part of the job is just discerning how to utilize our resources as best we can, to help those in need. I’m really trying to make sure that those who need help can get it.”

Pictured are CAM volunteers Brad Klein and Andrew Richenbacher. DAN MINNICH | COURTESY PHOTOS

Pictured are CAM volunteers Brad Klein and Andrew Richenbacher. DAN MINNICH | COURTESY PHOTOS

How fitting that Minnich also serves as a Deacon at Community Bible Chapel. He explained that the Greek translation for “deacon” is servant.

“This job is a ministry and a labor of love, and that’s what we are doing,” said Minnich.

CAM is always looking for volunteers. Volunteers can perform such tasks as washing windows, vacuuming floors, sorting clothes, sweeping, organizing and more.

Anyone who wants to volunteer or donate to a worthy cause is invited to contact Dan Minnich directly at 210-632-6341, or stop by CAM during normal business hours.

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