Catholic Charities Gave a Young Girl Hope After the Trauma of Hurricane Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey hit, 14-year-old Karla had already faced many of life’s storms. But Catholic Charities was there to provide post-disaster counseling to calm her fears.

When Hurricane Harvey hit, 14-year-old Karla had already faced many life storms. She came to Houston to reunite with her mother and to escape abuse at the hands of her father and relatives back in Honduras.

While waiting to reunite, she lived in St. Michael’s Homes for Children, Catholic Charities’ shelter for unaccompanied minors. For three months, the staff provided intensive counseling to help her cope with depression and better understand her past suicide attempts and self-harming.

She had only been reunited with her mom for a short time when Harvey struck. The first floor of the family’s home was severely flooded, and they were evacuated. In addition to losing all their personal belongings, Karla lost her coping tools – a small sketchbook and crochet materials.

Thanks to you, Karla received post-disaster counseling and basic necessities from Catholic Charities to calm her fears and help her get back on her feet.

Karla is just one of thousands who need our help after Harvey – and many of them are children who were especially traumatized by the flooding and displacement. 

Your generous support allows us to provide help and create hope after Harvey. Please help us help the children and everyone traumatized and devastated by the life-altering storm.