YWCA Houston

Y-Help

In August 2017, the category 4 Hurricane Harvey devastated the state of Texas. As the nation's fourth-largest city with 6.6 million residents, you can only imagine the catastrophic and devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Greater Houston Partnership reports that “Harris County averaged 40 inches of total rainfall from Harvey and nearly every stream, bayou and channel in Harris County was at or above its bank. Overall, Harvey dumped nearly a year’s worth of rainfall on the Houston region.” The images from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last summer tell the heartbreaking story of the powerful storm that ravaged Texas.

 
Yet, life here on the ground is in rebuilding homes, communities, and lives. The clients we are committed to serving are on a on long journey of recovery and they need our help.

It’s not easy to rebuild alone and without financial assistance. That’s why YWCA of Houston is on a mission to serve our community with Harvey relief funds provided by our partners such as Greater Houston Community Foundation, AARP, Houston Food Bank, and Simmons Foundation.

HAVE YOU BEEN IMPACTED BY HARVEY? IF SO, DO YOU EXPERIENCE:

  • Problems sleeping
  • Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
  • Loss of energy or appetite
  • Often feel irritable, angry, worry, agitated, anxious or just completely exhausted
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Inability to concentrate or indecisiveness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Social withdrawal
  • Can’t focus
  • You want to hurt yourself

Our Y-Help! Program provides support groups, individual counseling, and various financial services available for individuals and families affected and/or displaced by Hurricane Harvey*.

SERVICES AVAILABLE BASED ON ELIGIBILITY:

  • Financial services (Rent, Mortgage, Utility Assistance, Child Care, and Car Payments)
  • Basic Needs services (Fuel, Clothing, Household items, and Food)
  • Vehicle Repairs and Replacement Services
  • Temporary Housing Support
  • Furniture and Appliance Replacement
  • Home Repair
*Professional counseling services: no requirements other than the issue counseling must be related to the disaster. Counseling Services managed by Achor Counseling

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES?

  • Priority 50+
  • LGBTQ community
  • Low-income individuals
  • Undocumented individuals
  • All eligible recipients must live within the restricted YWCA zip codes at the time of Hurricane Harvey
For additional information, please contact hurricanerelief@ywcahouston.org or contact 832-942-3387


JOIN US ON A MISSION

We’re always looking for people to join us on a mission to serve women and their families!


Volunteer

If your organization or company would like to volunteer to be a speaker at one of our monthly Hurricane Support Awareness Workshops, please contact Sable Buck-Harris at 713-640-6842. Workshops of interest include: Parenting Classes, Homebuying Workshop, Job Readiness Workshop, Healthy Relationships, and Living Healthy (Nutrition and Fitness).

Volunteers are also needed to assist clients with cleaning out their homes, removing debris, following up with clients regarding their case plan, classes, and more. Your support will help to close the gap and ensure clients will successfully complete their case plan to regain or improve their lives. If you are interested, please contact Brittany Briscoe, Volunteer Coordinator at 713-640-6823 or email at bbriscoe@ywcahouston.orgVolunteer Here

Thanks to our donors and sponsors