Many of us have family and friends displaced and experiencing damage from Hurricane Harvey. Below are some sources of information and ways to begin helping. Please donate and volunteer as you are able, but before you do so, please read the information below. Visit our diocesan disaster resources page for additional links and information.
Bishop Scott Mayer statement
Bishop Scott Mayer has issued a statement that concludes with this prayer:
“May God hold close all who have died, all the people suffering from this storm, and all the people working to help them. ‘Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake.’ Amen.”
Read the complete statement here.
Before you donate, read this
The Rev. Sharon Alexander, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, and her congregation have learned a lot about helping after hurricanes and flooding. She compiled of list of things to consider before you begin cleaning out your closet and opening your wallet to donate. Helping After Harvey
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Trips from the Diocese of Fort Worth are being planned currently for these dates:
- March 11-16, 2018
- June 17-24, 2018
- September 2018 (Dates TBA)
If you’re interested in participating in a work trip (and are 16 years old or older), come to one of these interest meetings to learn more:
- Monday, February 5 at 6 pm at Trinity
- Thursday, February 15 at 6 pm at St. Luke’s in the Meadow
You can also email Tracie.Middleton@edfw.org to indicate your interest.
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Episcopal Relief & Development has four core areas of assistance, serving people around the world; one of those four areas is responding to disasters. Here are ways to help:
Our neighbors in the dioceses of Texas and West Texas have been severely affected by Harvey, which is a more devastating storm than most people anticipated. As the rains continue, the links below provide more information and opportunities to assist those near us.
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Episcopal churches and organizations you might consider helping directly:
- Houston: Christ Church Cathedral (Christy Orman is coordinating offers of donations and volunteers in the Houston area), Lord of the Streets, The Beacon
- Beaumont: St. Mark’s, St. Stephen’s, Ubi Caritas health clinic, Some Other Place (that’s really its name – several Episcopal churches in the area support this ministry)
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This page will be updated as more information becomes available.