an update from our executive director, maria belusar
Houston has been my home for 14 years. I have experienced three hurricanes, many tropical storms, and very hot summers, but nothing like Harvey. For a city where the weather is unpredictable, this hurricane was a major test. Nothing could prepare us for this event. What we see in the news is just the beginning of a long journey to recovery.
After almost a week, emergency relief efforts are still going on. People are displaced from flooded homes. Shelters are still full of souls in need of love and caring support. First responders continue to labor for long shifts without enough rest. Volunteers are working ceaselessly to provide a warm cup of coffee for people shivering in desperation. But the emergency is not just in these places. You see, even neighborhoods that were not flooded out have families living in limbo. These neighborhoods became islands where access to food and supplies was limited. Most have been unable to get to a store, and many of them do not have the means to purchase much once they arrive. With the city shut down for almost a week, most of these families have been unable to work. As hourly employees, the result is little or no paycheck and no means to provide for their families. And unfortunately, the uncertainty of having a job and a steady paycheck lingers. Harvey has deeply affected these struggling families and all of our community members in one way or another.
Our race to recovery is a marathon, not a sprint. As the water recedes, we will shift from providing immediate relief to helping families move toward rehabilitation. Families will start to rebuild their homes, all while trying to keep their jobs and raise families with children who are struggling to make sense of what is going on.
We need all of you. We need you for the long road of recovery. We have already received a lot of help, but we will need more. After the emergency relief has been given out and after assessing the physical and emotional damage that has been done, we will need to start restoring one family at a time. And you can be an agent of change during the process by investing in families with your time, your gifts and your resources . Please use the link below to stay updated with our community’s most pressing needs. Finally, I invite you to join us in prayer, “Let us not become weary, because the race in front of us is long . . .”
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6-9