A Message from the YCP Houston Leadership Team
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We saw the devastating effects Hurricane Harvey had on South Texas: towns were demolished, highways turned to rivers, and families lost everything. However, in times of darkness Christ’s love shines brighter. Neighbors helped neighbors and strangers helped strangers no matter their gender, race, or creed. The Acts of Charity that have been shown, not only in the Houston area, but throughout the Gulf Coast Region have been a shining example of how, by coming together as a community, we can overcome adversity.
Millions of dollars have been donated to rebuild, but this is unfortunately far from over. With an estimated 40,000 homes lost and up to 500,000 cars ruined, the road to recovery has just begun. Total losses are not yet known, but some predict it could be the most costly storm to hit the U.S. and exceed the cost of damages from Katrina in 2005, which was estimated at $118 Billion and took over 12 years to fully recover.
While the rebuilding and recovery phase will be long, we are in a position to help. Families are still displaced and need all the help they can get. We know the members of YCP have a deep desire to help, and we want to offer the resources to do so.
Sincerely in Christ,
YCP Houston Leadership Team
YCP Houston Gift Card Drive
To continue to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, YCP Houston has launched a Gift Card Drive through October 31. We recommend gift cards from Wal-Mart, Kroger or H-E-B, so the recipients can buy groceries and other necessary items to replace what they have lost.
You can drop off gift cards at any YCP Houston event or mail your gift cards to YCP Houston (Attn: Hurricane Harvey Relief, P.O Box 1793, Houston, TX 77201). The YCP Houston Leadership team will be delivering gift cards to Catholic Charities directly.
For more information, please contact Director of Community Service, Martha Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer and Donate in Houston
In addition, YCP Houston has compiled a list of local organizations that you can volunteer your time with and donate to:
Adore Ministries- Project Starfish: Our friends at Adore Ministries are collecting contact information of individuals who are able to help our neighbors throughout the Houston area. You can also make a tax-deductible donation designated to purchase supplies for flood relief and support our neighbors in need.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: Catholic Charities is committed to providing Disaster Response and Disaster Recovery services to individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters. Donate or sign-up to volunteer.
Habitat for Humanity: Help over 130 Habitat for humanity homeowners who flooded during Harvey, many who moved into their homes in the past 1-2 years. Donate or sign-up to volunteer.
Houston Food Bank: The Houston Food Bank is grateful to all their volunteers for the response to their need for help with disaster relief efforts. Please register to volunteer in advance online. If you do not see a shift listed, it means they are at capacity and cannot accommodate volunteers for safety reasons. YCP Houston will have a community service event October 14th at HFB, we have 30 spots if you would like to register click here.
Knights of Columbus: The Knights of Columbus have developed a network of Point of Distribution sites to house donated items in the community for further distributions to individuals and parishes in the areas where the PODs are located. For more information and volunteer opportunities please click here.
San José Clinic: San José Clinic continues to provide pharmacy services, primary medical care, emergency dental services, and mental health counseling. The clinic has waived eligibility requirements in order to accommodate the loss of identification and other important documents that may have been lost due to the storm. It has also waived patient contributions until further notice. Please consider supporting these patients in need by donating the cost of their care.
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul: SVDP has four parishes serving in the Archdiocese to serve as Parish Recovery Assistance Centers. These parishes will be regional hubs where SVDP trained personnel will be on site providing intake and information regarding various programs that may be available to victims. Donate or sign-up to volunteer. For more information please visit www.svdphouston.org.
One of our YCP Houston Chaplains, Father TJ Dolce from the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston Office of Vocations shares his experience and reflections following the events of Hurricane Harvey. Listen to his Homily and Interview with Relevant Radio.
Lastly, our leadership team continues to pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and thank you for your generosity and continued support!