Hurricane Harvey has slammed into a stretch of the Gulf Coast in Texas, unleashing devastating winds and torrential rains.
Though a complete picture of the damage will not be known for some time, by early Sunday there were hundreds of thousands of people without power, hundreds of families homeless and at least five deaths caused by the storm. Those figures will likely increase, as Harvey is expected to continue pummeling the area with epic rains through midweek.
The Seton Hall community stands with the people of Texas as they grapple with this disaster. Members of the Pirate family are encouraged to do all they can for the people of the Gulf Coast in this time of great need.
Channeling financial resources directly to the affected area is one of the best ways to help. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is partnering with other disaster-relief agencies and the state government to coordinate a unified response to this tragedy, including short- and long-term recovery services.
This means first meeting emergency needs such as shelter, food and medication for those who have lost everything. As an established aid organization based very near the disaster area, Catholic Charities will be among the first groups on the ground after the storm ends and will continue serving victims well into the future.
In addition to giving online, donations can be made via check to:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
2900 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77006
or by phone at (713) 874-6654.
On campus, students and student groups that wish to organize fundraisers should contact Michelle Peterson, director of the Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE), who will coordinate the response. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (973) 761-9702.
Please be generous with your assistance and your prayers for the victims, their families and the entire region as it struggles to cope with this calamity.