Helping the Houston Region Recover from Harvey
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1
Catholic Charities is the region’s leader in long-term disaster case management.
In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in a catastrophic and devastating way, bringing with it severe flooding and high winds that took lives, caused countless injuries, and severely damaged homes and land throughout the region.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston — a trusted regional leader in disaster-related case management — moved into action by opening six relief centers in two days. All of our core services responded to those in need, and we mobilized teams across the region to provide emergency relief services to families impacted by the storm.
Recovering from Harvey will take years, but because of the many donors, volunteers and supporters throughout the nation like you, Catholic Charities will be here for the long haul helping our community recover. Read below to see how your support has made an impact in the many lives of those we serve, and how to seek disaster relief assistance:
By the Numbers
*Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery services are ongoing. Impact numbers are to date and may change/be updated as relief services continue.
Locations and Counties Served
Opened disaster relief locations in 3 counties: Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston
Also served clients in:
Waller, Walker, Jefferson, Nueces, Brazoria and Montgomery Counties
Tour the Central Office Relief Center:
Fort Bend Disaster Operations at the Mamie George Community Center:
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Because of you, Catholic Charities was there when our hurting community needed us the most. Listen and read stories from the individuals you helped:
Volunteers are at the heart of our mission. Their dedication and support were critical during the first few weeks after the storm, and continue to provide a vital role in providing services to those still in need.
LONG-TERM DISASTER RECOVERY
Catholic Charities is a trusted regional leader in disaster-related case management. We leverage our expertise, experience and skills to directly assist clients through case management and referrals, to influence service delivery systems, to serve as a social justice voice and to create partnerships that bridge clients to self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide help and create hope.
In the past two years, we have also provided a staff member to serve as the chair of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). We are a member agency of Catholic Charities USA, the third-largest U.S. disaster response organization (others are Red Cross and Salvation Army). Because of our membership in this Catholic Charities network, we have access to national resources and a network of trained professionals who assist after a disaster.
Our Disaster Relief Services include:
- Comprehensive Needs Assessment
- Long-term Recovery Plan
- Case Management
- Information & Referral
- Deposit/Application Fees
- Medication/Prescription Assistance
- Transportation Assistance
- Minor Car Repairs
- Muck & Gut Referral
- Temporary Housing
- Home Repair & Rebuild Referral
- Unmet Need
Our work focuses on the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston – primarily Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston Counties. We are also called to help in other nearby counties including Montgomery and Brazoria. To best utilize our limited resources, we have given priority to these populations, helping them move toward self-sufficiency and live with dignity:
- Single mothers with children
- Disabled individuals
- Low-income, large families
Safe Harbor Short Term Housing Program
Catholic Charities' Safe Harbor program provides individuals and families impacted by disaster with rent-free, furnished housing and case management services for 90 days (with possible extensions if necessary). The program provides temporary housing while clients resolve issues involving home repair and disruption of income so they may return to their pre-disaster living situations. Clients also meet with a case manager to complete required documentation and develop a recovery plan.
If you are interested in apply for our Safe Harbor program for temporary housing assistance, complete the form below:
Donate to Catholic Charities
Thanks to you, Catholic Charities helped thousands of individuals and families immediately after Harvey. With your help, we will be there for people in need through the long process of recovery.
We rely on volunteers for many different tasks, from answering phones, packing boxes and helping distribute goods to helping us canvas neighborhoods and check on people. Opportunities available in Houston, Fort Bend and Galveston areas.
Tell people how to reach us, or have them call 2-1-1 to get the process started.
We want everyone in need to get the help they need. If their first call is 2-1-1, they can get registered for access to the entire region’s network of services available to them.
For a directory of agencies, visit www.unitedwayhouston.org/our-211-helpline.
We are blessed with many strong partnerships that help bridge people to self-sufficiency after disasters. These local area partners help connect the families we serve to needed resources. Here are a few of the many organizations we have partnered with so far:
- Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
- Catholic Charities USA
- Greater Houston Community Foundation
- Herzstein Foundation
- Hildebrand Foundation
- Knights of Columbus
- RASKOB Foundation
- San Jose Clinic
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul
- Texas VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
- United Way of Greater Houston
- Walmart Foundation
- YMCA Houston
Call Catholic Charities Disaster Recovery Intake Line: 713.874.6664
To inquire about assistance or make an appointment with a case manager, call Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery offices at 713-874-6664, or complete the online intake form below:
More information about our services is available on our Disaster Recovery page.
Anyone beginning the process of seeking help should call the Texas Emergency Helpline at 2-1-1 so they can be referred to all available resources. For a directory of agencies, visit www.unitedwayhouston.org/our-211-helpline.
- Better Business Bureau Disaster Relief Support
- Harris County Recovery Network
- HoustonRecovers.org (in multiple languages)
- The Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative has compiled a list of helpful numbers and resources to food pantries, shelters, legal assistance and much more. Access the guide here.
- Texas Hurricane Center