Our Mission & Vision
Cameron Community Ministries is an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood of Rochester, NY.
Our mission is to work with neighborhood residents and partners to create a vibrant and thriving community through empowerment and advocacy while meeting basic needs.
Our vision is creating an equitable and empowered community
In 1866 a little Chapel was built at Ambrose and Lake Ave. When the congregation grew they built what is now Lake Avenue Baptist. When Lake Avenue Baptist was complete, the little Chapel was moved brick by brick to Lyell Avenue and Cameron Street. The little Chapel became Lyell Avenue Baptist Church. The Congregation existed for 90 years.
The congregation dwindled during the early 1980s, and the Lyell Avenue Baptist Church was decommissioned. At the same time, the American Baptist Churches of Monroe County and the Genesee Valley Presbytery were looking for spaces to establish a community ministry.
In 1984 Jane Baldwin, a student at Colgate Divinity School, conducted a needs assessment for the Lyell Ave area and concluded that the needs of this aging neighborhood were many, and the services were few. She became the part-time coordinator for the ministry. April 23rd, 1985, Cameron Community Ministries became legally incorporated. Jane Baldwin became the first Executive Director. With the needs assessment completed, CCM began with Youth Programs, the Hot Lunch Program, and a Clothing Closet.