We have received many calls and emails from folks eager to help with the ongoing emergency situation in Texas. The absolute best help you can be, until it stops raining and local emergency teams can make an assessment, is to donate money through Episcopal Relief and Development.
Rev. Justin Yawn (a former Christ Church Associate Rector), who is safely out of harms way in Temple TX, will be in touch once the Diocese of Texas and Episcopal Relief and Development are clear about need. Fr. Justin sends greetings. He cautions that it is extremely dangerous and water is still rising and asks that Christ Church parishioners wait to act.
We are, as ever, overwhelmed by your care and generosity. We also know that we will be more help in the long-term if we operate in a coordinated and organized fashion. There will be plenty to do in the next few weeks, but for now, Episcopal Relief and Development is on the ground with expert teams, and they will distribute aid through their local networks and work with their local partner organizations. Please donate what you can to their Hurricane Harvey Response Fund, which will provide emergency assistance to people recovering from the impact of this major storm.
As part of the US Disaster Preparedness Initiative, Episcopal Relief & Development is building a Volunteer Database of folks who are ready and willing to respond to disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. If you are interested in being contacted about volunteer opportunities or disaster response training, please fill out the form on their website.