Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Harvey, along with the local Catholic Charities agencies in Texas, and taking action toward assisting in the recovery efforts. 100% of funds raised are going to those affected.
Even before the storm hit land, CCUSA launched a text-to-give campaign, and the response on the part of donors has been very generous.
On a phone call with representatives from several Catholic Charities agencies in Texas, Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA, said: “People from all over the country are sending money to help, which we will get to you as soon as possible. Other agencies from other parts of the country are standing by to assist you in whatever way they can. We want you to know that you are all in our hearts and our prayers.”
Sister Donna will be in San Antonio on Labor Day in order to present nearly $2 million in aid to local Catholic Charities agencies. All funds raised will go to the agencies that are helping families and individuals with shelter, food, and other recovery needs, both immediate and long-term.
CCUSA is also sending to the impacted areas its Disaster Mobile Response Center vehicle, which was presented to CCUSA just last week by the Ford Motor Company. The vehicle was packed with supplies – diapers, bleach, and mosquito repellant – by CCUSA staff members and is on its way to San Antonio, where it will be used by local Catholic Charities agencies.
The CCUSA Disaster Recovery Team is coordinating the relief efforts from the Catholic Charities nationwide network. The impacted agencies have been asked to list their specific needs, including the number and amounts of gift cards and gas cards. CCUSA will then distribute the list to other Catholic Charities agencies and manage the disbursements. In addition to basic supplies, CCUSA will provide technical assistance, the deployment of staff from other agencies, as well as short term and long term recovery grants.
If you would like to contribute to the recovery efforts, you may text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.