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Needed!  We are looking for a gently used refrigerator-freezer, standard household type (22 cu ft or so) to replace our tired old fridge that is on its last legs. If you can help, contact us below. Thanks!

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Thank you Walmart! We bought 195 pairs of boots for next year's Coat the Copper Country at an amazing price. We had the help of a Portage Health Auxiliary grant to let us purchase at end-of-season sales. We have also received hand knitted hats from local crafters. Thank you one and all!

Thank you TV6 for sharing your donations from the TV6 Canathon with us. We received nearly 1000 pounds of nonperishable food from the Lake Linden collection site and Copper Harbor's School. Thank you to all who donated shelf-stable foods.

Happy 2024! and thank you to all our commercial and organizational sponsors for 2023. We couldn't do it without you.

Portage Health Foundation/Copper Shores Community Health Foundation

Presbytery of Mackinac

Portage Lake United Church, Houghton

Bethany Lutheran Church, Mohawk

Helping Hands, Bethany Lutheran

James A. Ruppe Foundation

Somero Enterprises, Inc.

Keweenaw Community Foundation

Portage Health Auxiliary c/o UPHS

Walmart grant - Houghton Store

Network for Good, Grants Dept.

Detour Presbyterian Church, Detour 

Church of Resurrection, Hancock

Calumet Electronics, Calumet

Superior Natl Bank, Calumet

Shepherd of the Sea, Copper Harbor

Destinations Calumet, LLC

Calumet High School Student Senate

Houghton High School

L&L Bar, Calumet

VFW Auxiliary Post 3900, Calumet

St. Francis of Assisi, Dollar Bay

Angst Productions T. Kilgore Splake

Women's Bridge Marathon Group

Better Together Christian Women

Dorcas Society, St. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church

TV6 Canathon

Swift Hardware, Houghton

Tractor Supply, Houghton

AutoPro Glass and Tire, Houghton

Festival Foods, Houghton

Econo/Tadych's, Houghton

Sunflower Books and Coffee, Hancock

Pat's Foods, Hancock

Surplus Outlet, Houghton

Erickson's Feed, Seed and Pet Supply, Houghton

AutoPro Glass and Tire, Houghton

Skippers Bar and Grill, L'Anse

Houghton Rotary Club

Lynne's Fashion Trend, Allouez

Grace Lutheran Church

Temple Jacob, Hancock

Home: Our Mission


Copper Country Angel Mission knows that our strength lies not only in words, but more importantly through our actions. More than 20 years ago, Rebecca Koivu, lay-pastor of the Community Church in Calumet, and a small group of individuals, brimming with faith and compassion, realized that together they could effectively help to overcome local effects of poverty. They launched New Beginnings Angel Mission, which later became a mission of Portage Lake United Church in Houghton with strong and generous support from the Presbytery of Mackinac. Since then, the grassroots, all volunteer organization has grown, broadened its support, changed its name, and become an independent 501-c-3 corporation but the mission is the same:  Copper Country Angel Mission promotes community welfare by serving those in need with compassion and dignity. It retains the support of the local faith community and that of the Presbytery of Mackinac, as well as  support from local businesses, organizations, foundations, and individuals.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does" -- William James


Our free store: CCAM welcomes donations of clothing and household goods that are in good condition for reuse. We do not accept large electronics. We invite shoppers of all income levels to select free goods and leave a monetary donation if they are able. This converts material donations into funding for our programs. We must pay for space, electricity, heat, and water, even before we can help others. We depend the generosity of donors and sponsors, each contributing what they can to keep us open.

Our food pantry: CCAM helps to feed people through our food pantry, open Wednesday and Saturday, 11:00-2:00.  Emergency assistance is available through the Contact Us below.  Our Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider. We purchase foods from Feed America and we receive some gifts of food from local restaurants, individuals, and businesses. 

Our clients: CCAM offers programs to assist with rent, utility shut-off, transportation to medical appointments, and other needs. We offer annual programs for children, such as school supplies in the Backpack Program and children’s shopping days before holidays. We make certain that every child has Christmas gifts through our Angel Tree Program and that everyone has appropriate clothing for our U.P. winters through our Winter Wear Giveaway.

Our volunteers: CCAM welcomes volunteers willing work hard for the joy of serving their community. Even our program managers are dedicated volunteers. Some of our volunteers were once clients, but now pay-it-forward by becoming volunteers. Join us!

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Or, bring your donation to Superior National Bank and ask it to be added to Copper Country Angel Mission Donation Account

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Open Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 -2:00
Food Pantry open Wednesday and Saturday

Home: Our Team

Our dedicated team use their unique skills and passion to move the work of our Non-Profit Organization forward. We are striving to not only combat the spiraling effects of poverty, but to assist our clients out of the poverty.  Meet some of our incredible leaders below.


Jill grew up in Calumet and after retiring from Michigan Tech joined the Angel Mission board. Jill has been deeply involved in local and tribal organizations and has extensive board experience. We are pleased to have Jill's expertise helping to lead the Angel Mission.


Bobbie has a strong background in both volunteerism and keeping financial books for small not-for-profit organizations. She is a native of the Copper Country and was employed in Financial Services at Michigan Technological University, before retiring in 2019. Now that she is retired, she is sharing her time and talents with CCAM.


Sherry moved to the U.P. in 1978, but her employment in environmental education and management took her around the country. In 1994, Sherry and her husband built a home as a family project with their two children on the shore of Lake Superior. In 2010 and they both moved back to the U.P. Sherry has always been involved in volunteer and community work and has just continued that habit with CCAM.


Jim Northey is a member of Portage Lake United Church, and has actively supported the annual coat giveaway held by Angel Mission and PLUC. Additionally, Jim serves on the board of directors of the CopperDog150 and the board of Superior National Bank. He works in the financial services industry and renewable energy industry. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and working on his homestead.


Paul Tuoriniemi is a life long resident of the Calumet area. Paul retired from the forest services industry a few years ago. He and his wife Renee are active supporters of the Angel Mission.


Lisa recently retired from full time work, and is grateful to offer her writing expertise to CCAM as grant writer. She is a relatively recent resident to Copper Country, having moved here with her husband in 2013. They are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and enjoy spending time outside in such a beautiful area.


  • Implement existing programs and work collaboratively with Program Leaders.

  • Assign and oversee volunteers in the completion of their tasks.

  • Accountable to the Board of Directors.

  • Demonstrate basic business understanding.

  • Want to make a difference in your community.


MANAGER Position available

  • Keep confidential client records in accordance with USDA requirements.

  • Order food from best sources and keep records of inventory and expenditures.

  • Distribute food equitably without discrimination.

  • Assign and oversee volunteers in the completion of their tasks.

  • Report to the Board of Directors.

  • Want to make a difference in your community.

Home: Contact Us

433 5th St.
Calumet, MI 49913

For updated information on emergency store closures, needs and requests, etc. visit our group on Facebook

(906) 729-6789

Phone and Internet service donated by ShoreWaves.

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Where do you go for up-to-date information about store hours or emergency closures? Join and follow our Facebook Group. You will receive notifications of closures or other announcements.

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Did you know? The Presbytery of the Mackinac (PCUSA) has been a major supporter since 2011, paying much of our overhead.  Local churches such as Portage Lake United Church, Houghton, and Bethany Lutheran, Mohawk, have stepped up to support us too. Thank you to all the faith based organizations that assist us in the community. In addition, we have received small grants from Aspirus Auxiliary, Copper Shores Community Health Foundation, Keweenaw Area Community Foundation, Portage Health Auxiliary, and Walmart Community Grant. A big thank you to all of the granting organizations for their support of our community.

James A. Ruppe Foundation

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