It has now been two months since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas. Many of the immediate emergency needs have been met, but long-term needs continue. In the days after the storm an Emergency Operations Center was set up in northwest Houston. The EOC took calls from homeowners in need and sent out work crews to help them. The EOC also received supplies, not only for the workers, but for people who lost many of their household goods.
Now that recovery is winding down, the EOC is offering some of the surplus supplies to community groups that can get them to those in need. These included bedding, paper goods, diapers, cleaning supplies, and toiletries. [Read more…]
In recent news coverage of Church relief work in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, one TV news broadcaster said…“Of the relief forces descending on our flood-damaged city, it’s fair to say that none is bigger or more effective than the legions of volunteers bound by their Mormon faith.”
Houston – Missionaries from the Texas Houston South Mission engaged in Hurricane Harvey clean-up work take time to assist the Lutheran Village Church of Lacombe Louisiana. This ministry had come to help in the recovery by feeding the hungry regardless of who they are. Large “Free Food” signs facing Memorial Drive draw as many as 1,000 hungry souls a day.
The missionaries have worked very hard on cleanup and recovery for weeks. Both the Elders and Sisters removed floor covering, pulled off wallboard, swung hammers, rolled out wheelbarrows of debris, got messy and dirty, all to help those in need. They have truly been examples of loving your neighbor.
Houston – This weekend marks the beginning of the anticipated influx of Church volunteers to Houston, from areas not affected by flooding. Hurricane Harvey, possibly the most expensive natural disaster in US history, had a large impact on much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Extremely well done and touching video about Hurricane Harvey, floods and people…
The pervasiveness of Hurricane Harvey is such that everyone in the area has been affected or is closely connected with someone who has been affected emotionally and physically by its devastation. In Richmond, Texas in southwest Houston, members of the Richmond 1 and 2 wards in the Richmond Stake, rallied around fellow saints including Tace Hart, whose home was impacted by the flood waters brought on by the 50 plus inches of rain dumped by Harvey over 5 days.
A Mormon Helping Hands crew from the Richmond 1 and 2 Wards works to muck out a home that experienced minor flooding. Thousands of homes in the Metro Houston area had multiple feet of contaminated flood water in them.
Crew members willingly labored and came from all walks of life…moms, dads, financial managers, doctors, teens, engineers…all willingly helped.
Kade Johnson needed an Eagle Scout project. His family of five wanted to do service. Everyone sought that soul satisfying feeling you get when you are involved in something meaningful. Direct HOPE of Houston, Texas provided the means to the all those ends.