In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of neighbors are displaced, in shelters, and seeking temporary housing.
Even though the worst of this weather event has passed, the storm will still be raging for families if we don't act with deliberate compassion.
H-Town Cares is a 501c3 non-profit organization launched to support emergency and long-term needs of residents in Houston area region who are directly impacted by natural disasters.
This entity, founded by Bishop James Dixon in 2016, was launched in partnership with multiple pastors, churches, and faith leaders in response to the aftermath of a tropical storm that rendered Houston citizens displaced, in shelters, and seeking temporary housing.
The inaugural partnership included Bishop Shelton Bady (Harvest Time Church); MJ Khan (Islamic Society of Greater Houston); Pastor EA Deckard (Greenhouse International Church); Pastor Hosea Ortega (NACC Helps Organization); Pastor August Walter (The Bethel Empowerment Center).
The endeavor garnered the support of elected officials like Mayor Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, then Senator Rodney Ellis (Texas Senator for District 13th), Senator John Whitmire (Texas State Senator for District 15th) and Constable Alan Rosen (Harris County Precinct One). Business support included Scott McClelland (HEB Foods), Claude Cummings (Communication Workers of America), Wells Fargo Bank, and Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme (Samaritan’s Feet Organization).
Hurricane Harvey has been labeled the 1000-year storm by Bloomberg. The devastation that this weather phenomenon has caused the Houston, Texas region and other Gulf Coast cities is incalculable. What is known, however, is that millions of people have been negatively impacted. They have lost cars, clothes, jewelry, heirlooms, and, much more. Some families lost loved ones. Recovery is more than difficult.
In the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, H-Town Cares launches new campaign, "Hope After Harvey!"
Hope After Harvey services include shelter, food, water, clothes, hygiene, transportation, emergency life skills assistance, and FEMA guidance.
Hurricane Harvey Facts (CNN)
By August 30, 11 trillion gallons of rain had fallen on Texas with 25 trillion predicted.
Estimated damages total is at 75 billion dollars.
According to the National Weather Service, some areas in Houston were at 25ft. above flood level.
Officials estimate 30,000 Texans to require shelter from the storm.
Against this backdrop, Htown Cares is leading a campaign to bring Hope After Harvey.
We have a staff and army of volunteers. We call them "Harvey Storm Heroes." Our army is culturally reflective of Houston's rich collection of races, faiths and languages.
We operate several reception and distribution centers, and support shelters and other churches serving local communities and neighborhoods. This unified effort makes meeting the quality-of-life needs easier to facilitate and manage with utmost efficiency.
By extending unconditional love to all we serve, we reassure those in crisis that God’s love has an amazing future with their names on it. "There is a tomorrow that looks better than your today." That's HOPE!