While the majority of us made it through the weekend unscathed, so many friends and family in Houston, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas, Rockport and many other rural communities on the coast have felt the full and devastating affects of Hurricane Harvey. With major rainfall still expected in the next day or so, the full impact of the damage is still unknown.
There are many opportunities to offer immediate assistance and more long-term ways as well. Temple Beth-El will also make financial contributions through the Landsman Family Relief Fund as soon as we ascertain where the need is most acute.
Below are several ways to help:
1. URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX, will be available for those who need a place to stay. Camp will be open and providing housing, meals, and some programming for an indefinite period of time.
If you know someone who have been affected by the storm and is interested in going to Greene, please fill out this form.
If you are able to make a donation to support this special effort by the Greene Family Camp, please do so via the URJ.
2. Our own Federation here in San Antonio is working with the Jewish Federation of Houston and Federations around the state to determine how best to assist in the relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are taking a community inventory of what housing and office space is available once people are able to leave Houston and other areas. If you are able to house individuals or families or can offer office space, please fill out the survey at the link.
3. There are many organizations that are working on the ground to offer support, shelter and relief to those affected by the Hurricane and flooding. You may want to consider making a donation to one of the following organizations.
a. Nechama, A Jewish Response to Disaster
b. Jewish Federations of North American (JFNA) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
c. Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
Here is the link to the full URJ update.
d. Temple Beth-El dontes to MatagordaHeart.org. Read here.
4. If you would like to volunteer in Houston's clean up efforts, you are encouraged to contact All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit working closely with Houston's Jewish community helping to match volunteers with people seeking assistance.
5. Finally, Texas Monthly is offering concrete suggestions of ways to help kids, animals, those with medical needs and places to donate food. Read the full article here.
At times such as these, it is important that we each do our part to offer support to those in need. Even small contributions help immeasurably. And please remember to continue to reach out to family, friends and acquaintances in the areas affected by the storm. Our love, prayers and support can help strengthen their resolve and spirits as they make their way through these challenging days and figure out how to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.