Over a year of serving our communities post Harvey
September 5, 2017
Our efforts to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey started just a week after the storm hit at our five community centers.
September 11, 2017
We collected donations and started distributing basic needs items on September 11, 2017. In our first month of serving our neighbors, we helped 800 families with basic needs items.
September 2017 to January 2018
We operated solely from the donations of our local and national partners. In October, we saw the need to structure the distributions into five categories: hygiene items, cleaning supplies, baby items, food and water. We continued to stay faithful to this implemented recovery model.
In collaboration with the City of Houston and Harris County, BakerRipley expanded services at our community centers. As a result, residents like Betty Cole could readily get information and easily connect to resources to help them on their path to recovery from this devastating natural disaster. In addition, our community centers added resources to the community by also becoming Neighborhood Restoration Centers* as part of the city and county initiative. We ran six out of 12 of the Neighborhood Restoration Centers for the entire year.
To learn more about our work in the community see the info graphic below:
January 2018 to January 31, 2019
The BakerRipley-managed Neighborhood Restoration Centers were physical locations operating in six hard-hit communities.
“Over a 13-month period we have heard over 20,000 stories of families searching for resources to recover after Hurricane Harvey,” BakerRipley Chief Program Officer Rene Solis said. “For example, most of our families required immediate needs such as food to eat, toiletries, diapers and wipes and other household items. In addition, they needed clothes to wear that weren’t spotted with mold, as well as bleach and other supplies to clean their damaged home. Through the Neighborhood Restoration Centers, BakerRipley provided these items and has been a lifeline for families struggling to put their lives back together and we’re proud to roll our sleeves up and help along the path to recovery.”
*Disclaimer: BakerRipley-operated NRCs were funded by BakerRipley and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, a relief fund established by the Mayor of Houston and the Harris County Judge and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.