Hurricane Harvey Relief Update

Hello,

As many of you know, I am a Houstonian. When the news of a category 4 storm surfaced, I simply didn’t believe it- Houston is always under some type of weather watch, but once I realized I was enjoying a cool breeze on an August afternoon- in TEXAS- it was enough to send me to my local grocery store for supplies. Little did I know,  Hurricane Harvey would rip through my city producing mayhem and chaos.

The storm urged forward providing rainfall that proved to be catastrophic for so many of my neighbors. I stood awe-stricken; my heart broke to see so many stranded. My family was lucky we had food, we had power, we had Internet, and we had prayer. I don’t consider myself to be religious, but we prayed—asking that everyone would survive this disaster.

Houstonians who were forced to abandon their vehicles in search of safety
Houstonians who were forced to abandon their vehicles in search of safety

I stayed in contact with my family and friends via Facebook. We marked ourselves safe, and many even ventured out to ensure the safety of others-modern day heroes.  But the time for heroism has not passed.  Though the rain has stopped, the turmoil it left behind remains. Families are continuing to be rescued, power outages continue to need repair, access to resources as simple as food and water are still being requested. Mothers need formula, diapers, milk. Vehicles are still being emerged from high water levels. So although the storm has passed, we continue to exercise patience as we scramble to gain resources and secure homes for displaced families.

First responders showed courage and bravery as they risked their lives to help citizens evacuate their homes.
First responders showed courage and bravery as they risked their lives to help citizens evacuate their homes.

I have received so much and I feel compelled to spend my time and energy helping others in need. I invite others who share in my good fortune to do the same, this Saturday I invite you all to volunteer at the Core 94 located at 2646 S loop West Houston Texas 77054.Unknown

Volunteers are welcomed and donations are encouraged.

Houston will recover as along as we continue to work together.Below is a list of shelters and safe places.

Please Note: It is important that you call the shelters before arriving to see if they are at capacity before arriving.

Here are the locations in the Houston area to seek shelter:

HOUSTON

  • NRG Center at Loop 610 & Kirby will open at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Holds 10,000 people.
  • Lakewood Church: 3700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77027
  • George R. Brown Convention Center downtown
  • Toyota Center downtown
  • Alief Taylor High School: 7555 Howell Sugar Land Rd, Houston, TX 77083
  • Trini Mendenhall Community Center: 1414 Wirt Road Houston, TX 77055
  • Christ The Incarnate Word Catholic Church: 8503 S Kirkwood Houston TX 77099
  • Calvary Community Church: 7550 Cherry Park Dr, Houston, TX 77095
  • Primrose School of Kelliwood: 2402 Westgreen Blvd, Katy, TX 77450 – It is a shelter for families and also a staging place for first responders in the area (Click here for more)
  • The MET Church: 13000 Jones Road, Houston TX 77070
  • Lien Hoa Temple: 6709 Sugarland Howell Rd, Houston, TX 77083
  • Lifepath Church: 17703 W Little York Rd, Houston, TX 77084
  • Houston Skyline Junior Volleyball Facility: 10510 Westview Drive Houston TX 77043
  • Red Cross Shelter at M.O. Campbell Ed Center: 1865 Aldine Bender Rd, Houston, TX
  • Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa: 17250 Coventry Park Dr, Houston, TX
  • Islamic Center/Masjid Al-Sabireen: 610 Brand Lane, Stafford TX
  • Islamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr: 8830 Old Galveston Rd, Houston TX
  • Iglesia Bautista del Redentor: 4218 Lang Road Houston Tx 77092
  • George R. Brown Convention Center: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX (Click here for more.)
  • A temporary shelter has been set up at the Sagemont Park Community Center at 11507 Hughes Road
  • Vietnamese Martys Church: 10610 Kingspoint Road, Houston, TX
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Community 10135 West Rd, Houston, TX 77064
  • St. Christopher Catholic Church: 8150 Park Pl Blvd, Houston, TX 77017
  • St. Thomas Presbyterian Church: 14100 Memorial Drive, near Memorial and Kirkwood
  • Beyond Walls Outreach Center: 11214 Plainsfields Street, Houston, TX
  • North Shore High School: 13501 Hollypark Drive (closed)
  • M.O. Campbell Center: 1865 Aldine Bender Road
  • Pasadena High School
  • Golden Acres Baptist Church: 2812 Pansy St, Pasadena, TX
  • Dobie High School: 10220 Blackhawk Boulevard (at capacity and closed to new guests)
  • The Community of Faith Church: 1024 Pinemont Drive
  • Lindale Assembly of God: 503 Reid Street
  • 3534 Dixie Street — families only
  • Trinity Klein Lutheran Church: 5201 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring, TX 77379
  • Red Cross Shelter at Forge For Families: 3435 Dixie Drive
  • First Baptist Church of Porter: 24570 FM 1314 Porter, TX 77365, (281) 354-3339

HARRIS COUNTY

  • MO Campbell Center Shelter: 1865 Aldine Bender in District 2
  • Morton Ranch High School, 21000 Franz Rd., Katy, TX 77449
  • Richard E. Berry Educational Support Center: 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, TX 77433
  • Klein ISD Multi-Purpose Center: 7500 FM 2920, Spring, TX 77379
  • Lone Star College–CyFair: 9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
  • Humble Civic Center: 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy, Humble, TX 77338
  • Community of Faith 16124 Becker Road, Hockley
  • Good Sheperd GMC 20155 Cypresswood Drive, Cypress, (281) 377-8313
  • Lake Houston Church 5616 FM 1960 East, Humble (“dry staging area” open for people to charge devices and assist in finding overnight shelter in the area, 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday)

FORT BEND COUNTY

  • City of Arcola Community Center (City Hall): 13222 Highway 6, Arcola, TX
  • Fulshear High School: 9302 Bois D’Arc Lane, Fulshear, TX
  • Beyond Walls Outreach Center: 11214 Plainfields Street, Houston, TX
  • Morton Ranch High School: 21000 Franz Road, Katy, TX
  • The Fellowship Church: 22765 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy, TX
  • Cinco Ranch High School: 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX
  • Cinco Ranch Junior High School: 23420 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX
  • Kendelton Church of God: 619 FM 2919, Kendleton, TX
  • Eagle Heights Church, 16718 West Belfort Blvd., Richmond, TX
  • Marshall High School emergency shelter: 1220 Buffalo Run, Missouri City, TX 77489 (at capacity and closed to new guests)
  • Red Cross shelter at B.F. Terry High School: 5500 Avenue N., Rosenberg
  • Kempner High School 14777 Voss Rd, Sugar Land, TX (Opens 11 a.m. Tuesday) 
  • Stafford High School: 1625 Staffordshire Road, Stafford, TX
  • Phat Giac Temple: 10022 Gaines Road, Sugar land, TX
  • St. Theresa Catholic Church: 705 St. Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land, TX
  • Christ United Methodist Church: 3300 Austin Pkwy., Sugar land, TX
  • Creekside Christian Fellowship: 16628 TX-36, Needville, TX
  • George Junior High School: 4601 Airport Avenue, Rosenberg, TX
  • Morton Ranch High School: 21000 Franz Road, Katy, TX

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Bull Salas Park: 21679 McCleskey Road, New Caney, TX 77357
  • College Park High: 3701 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX
  • Lone Star Convention Center: 9055 Airport Rd., Conroe, TX 77303
  • St. Simon and Jude: 26777 Glen Loch Road, Spring, TX 77381
  • Underover Fellowship: 600 South Frasier Street, Conroe, TX 77301

KATY

  • Katy ISD opened  Morton Ranch HS and Cinco Ranch HS as shelters.

FRIENDSWOOD

  • The City Activities Building: 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood, TX

BASTROP COUNTY

  • First United Methodist Church Shelter: 1201 Main St., Bastrop City, TX

BRAZORIA COUNTY

  • Angleton ISD: 1900 N. Downing, Angleton, TX
  • Red Cross Shelter at Living Stone Church: 1401 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX
  • City of Arcola Community Center: 13222 Highway 6, Rosharon, TX
  • Living Stones Church: 1407 Victory Lane Alvin, TX, 281-331-9517

SAN JACINTO COUNTY

  • Coldspring I.S.D Jones Campus: 125 FM 1514, Coldspring, Tx 77331
  • Shepherd Community Center: 1025 FM 150 East, Sherpherd, Tx 7737

AUSTIN

  • LB Johnson High School: 7309 Lazy Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78724, 956-473-5100
  • Tony Burger Activity Center: 3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745, 512-414-1050

PORT ARTHUR

  • Carl Parker Center: 1800 Lakeshore Dr, Port Arthur, TX 77640 (409) 984-6297

WHARTON

  • Holy Family Catholic Church: 2011 Briar Ln, Wharton TX 77488, (979) 532-3593
  • Lamar State College: 1500 Proctor St, Port Arthur, TX 77640, (409) 983-4921

UPDATE, Aug. 29: 

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