Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinistries, today (Wednesday, March 24) announced that Scott D. Ackerson has been promoted to chief program officer for the interfaith ministry dedicated to helping the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Ackerson has served as the vice president of Programs for SAMMinistries since the fall of 2007. In his new position, he will be responsible for the leadership of all programs as well as having the additional responsibility for operational decisions at Haven for Hope, the new homeless campus soon to open in downtown San Antonio.
Williams says, “Scott has done a masterful job of generating collaborative partnership relationships with other human services providers in San Antonio. The SAMMinistries Homeless Prevention program was created and launched under Scott’s leadership and since August of 2008, the program has helped more than 600 families avoid homelessness in San Antonio. “
Ackerson has over 25 years of non-profit experience including community organization, program development, management and direct social work practice. In his position as vice president of programs, he has provided administrative and clinical oversight over all SAMMinistries programs and residential operations, including emergency shelter services, housing programs and prevention services.
Prior to joining SAMMinistries, Ackerson served as vice president of Residential Services for The Children’s Shelter and for 10 years as community program director with Casey Family programs. In addition, he has worked at several different residential treatment centers for children in California and Minnesota.
Ackerson received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In addition, he is a Licensed Master of Social Work and a Licensed Child Care Administrator.
Launched in 1983, SAMMinistries assists over 600 individuals including 200 children every day of the year with emergency services, transitional and supportive housing, as well as, an after-care program. Last year the agency cared for more than 4,500 individuals and provided more than 197,600 bed nights of shelter and services to the area’s homeless. Today SAMMinistries is supported by more than 126 churches and synagogues and over 4,800 volunteers.