Hurricane Harvey one year later: Long-term responders continue to fill a need

New Hope Church distributed more than $75,000 in gift cards to Hurricane Harvey survivors.

New Hope Church distributed more than $75,000 in gift cards to Hurricane Harvey survivors.

Dozens of local organizations have stepped up in various ways to help communities recover. Here are three organizations providing aid that continues to have an impact.

Homeland Preparedness Project
2833 Cytherea Circle, Alvin

After Harvey: More than 8,000 volunteers in Brazoria County showed up, according to Lead Trainer Gale Stefka. Volunteers helped with case management for residents, offering advice and tools to get people back into their homes and helped them work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and United Way.

How it is helping now: The last of the cases wrapped up in early July, but some calls for help are still coming in, Stefka said. The group also trains citizen responders to be prepared before, during and after natural disasters.

How to help: Volunteer efforts and donations can be found on the website. Those interested in volunteering can also show up to any of the organization’s public volunteer trainings or events.

Brazoria County Long Term Recovery Committee
4005 Technology Drive, Ste. 1020, Angleton

After Harvey: Case managers reviewed residents’ cases and determined how the group can meet their needs, and construction volunteers assisted with home repairs.

How it is helping now: Seven subcommittees help with coordinating efforts in disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund still has slightly less than
$1 million left to help victims of Harvey. “We are not done helping the community. We know there is still work to be done,” said committee secretary Andrea Raiff.

How to help: To donate, visit the website. To volunteer, contact [email protected]

New Hope Church

108 W. Edgewood Drive, Friendswood

After Harvey:   The church distributed more than $75,000 in gift cards to survivors. Executive Director Ed Martinez said they were contacted by Caesar’s Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada, because it wanted to donate furniture—in fact, more than 1,000 rooms’ worth of furniture—for Harvey victims. The church also helped pay around $15,000-$20,000 in utilities and about $50,000 in other household needs.

How it is helping now: Martinez said efforts have slowed, but volunteers are still helping rebuild homes. “We don’t know what the next step is, but we are very prompted to do what God calls us to do,” he said.

How to help:   Donations and volunteer efforts can be found on the website; however, the church no longer has a warehouse to accept goods.


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