Catholic Charities Opening for Flood-related Client Services Thursday at 10 a.m.; Accepting Donations

UPDATE: There is an urgent need for school supplies. Due to the storm, many schools were closed before the first day of school, and many children lost their school supplies. Donations can be dropped off to the 2900 Louisiana Street location.

Individuals impacted by floods caused by Hurricane Harvey are invited to the Catholic Charities offices at 2900 Louisiana Thursday, Aug. 31, beginning at 10 a.m., to meet with a client services representative.

“We welcome anyone who needs assistance in the aftermath of this devastating storm,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, president and CEO. “Our heart is service, and now that clients and staff can reach our building safely, we want to be available to help people move past this and find their new normal.”

Services include referrals for benefits and assistance, gift cards for needs and counseling. Catholic Charities will provide other support services as they are able, but the immediate focus is to assist individuals facing difficulties because of the storm.

The needs are great, and donations of specific items will be welcomed at the 2900 Louisiana location.

Most-needed items are bottled water, diapers (all sizes), formula, rubber gloves, buckets, bleach, dish soap, laundry soap, toiletries, pet food, scrub sponges, rags, towels, paper towels, female hygiene items, toothbrushes, combs, hair brushes, gift cards for gas and grocery stores (Kroger, HEB, etc.), prescription glasses and dentures.

Please do not send clothes at this time.

Cash donations can be made online at www.CatholicCharities.org/helpforharvey.

Volunteers will be needed to receive and sort donations and guide clients in need of items. Interested volunteers may contact Catholic Charities at 713.526.4611 during office hours or the disaster hotline at 713.874.6664.

Catholic Charities will serve as both an information hub and donation point for selected items.

People who need assistance, want to volunteer or donate, or need more information about Catholic Charities may call the main office at 713.526.4611, beginning Aug. 31.

For referrals to Greater Houston’s social support network, call 2-1-1. For urgent help in life-threatening situations, please call 9-1-1.