Harvey Updates

Children and staff members across Greater Houston have been affected by Harvey. What an opportunity to care for students, teachers, and families during a very difficult time. Use our timeline below as a guide for how you can help. (Click on the links for specific resources.)

 

Immediate Rescue & Relief (Days)

FIND A SHELTER

Click here to find a Red Cross shelter near you.

Click here for a full list of shelters, including shelters that are independent and unaffiliated with the American Red Cross, the City of Houston, or Harris County.

FIND FOOD

Click here to find a food distribution center. (Current List updated 9/20/17)

Click here to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Houston Food Bank Helpline: 832-369-9390
SNAP Helpline: 832-369-9390

FIND TRANSPORTATION

Metro Houston is offering free rides for students and accompanying parents through September 30.

Call 713-308-8580 to locate your towed car.

DONATE

When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please keep in mind these tips for donating responsibly.

Cash is often the most efficient and effective method of donation. If you would like to donate goods, first confirm what is needed with the receiving individuals or organizations.

Needed Donations:

Short-Term Recovery (Months)

CLEAN HOMES

The following groups provide all the expertise and equipment your church volunteers need to help “muck and gut” houses destroyed by Harvey so that families can begin rebuilding again:

“Dealing With Mold & Mildew In Your Flood Damaged Home”

How to Demo Sheetrock

Donate or Borrow Tools

FEED SURVIVORS & VOLUNTEERS

To help the Houston Food Bank distribute disaster supplies, click here.

To volunteer with the Houston Food Bank, click here.

Food businesses wanting to supply food to donate, click here.

501(c)3s wanting to distribute food to individuals in need, click here.

HOUSE SURVIVORS

Avenue CDC Housing Recovery Services

Find free housing or offer housing on Airbnb.

Find housing or offer housing on HAR (free or for rent): TO POST | TO FIND

Find hotels eligible for FEMA reimbursements. (Read the page carefully for rules and regulations.)

HELP WITH PAPERWORK

* Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)s help survivors to apply for federal disaster assistance. (Volunteers can help translate or guide a survivor through this process.)

HOUSTON-AREA DRCs
Open daily, 7AM-7PM

Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street
Baytown, TX 77520

GRB Convention Center
1001 Avenida De las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

Greenspoint Mall
263 Greenspoint Mall
Houston, TX 77060

Katy Mills Mall
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX 77494

Sienna Annex
5855 Sienna Spring Hwy
Missouri City, TX 77459

Click here to find a Disaster Recovery Center near you.

OTHER

Long-Term Development (Years)

OFFER JOB SUPPORT

A stable job is so important for a household’s long-term recovery process.

Offer jobs:

Help with the job search:

HELP SURVIVORS COPE

Free Mental Health Programs and Services (Hope and Healing Center)

What an opportunity to show God’s love in a tangible way during this time. Consider these tips as you care for Harvey survivors:

Also, the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. More tips at Houston Recovers.

PROVIDE FOOD

Generosity Feeds (more details to come)

HELP REBUILD

The following groups have expertise in the rebuilding process and are gearing up. Sign up to volunteer:

Repairs & Rebuilding Fact Sheet

More Information on Resources for Harvey Survivors

This Week’s Volunteer Opportunities & Available Resources

It has been such an encouragement to see people across Greater Houston coming together during this difficult time. What a beautiful reflection of the body of Christ! See below to access available resources or to find opportunities to help with relief and recovery in your local community or denomination.

(School districts are in the process of assessing student and staff needs in light of Harvey. One thing we do know is that a caring, stable adult presence will be needed more than ever this year as many children have lost everything as a result of the floods.)

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