George Foundation, Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation commit to recovery process
In response to the unprecedented needs in Fort Bend County following the May 2016 flooding of the Brazos River, United Way of Greater Houston has been awarded a $1.3 million grant in 2017 and up to $1.8 million in 2018 by The George Foundation and The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation to support the long-term recovery process.
Fort Bend Recovers, a long-term recovery group facilitated by United Way in partnership with Fort Bend County’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will implement the recovery program in collaboration with Attack Poverty, Catholic Charities, Family Houston, Fort Bend Corps, Fort Bend County Social Services, Houston-Galveston Institute, Katy Christian Ministries, Mental Health America of Fort Bend County and many other Fort Bend Recovers participating member organizations.
The Brazos River flooding during Memorial Day weekend in 2016 damaged more than 1,200 homes and impacted approximately 50,000 Fort Bend County residents. Following the disaster, United Way and the Fort Bend OEM convened nearly 70 nonprofit, church and governmental groups, known as Fort Bend Recovers, to provide immediate and long-term recovery support to residents.
“Long-term recovery from a natural disaster like the Memorial Day flood can often take many months, if not years, and this generous grant allows us to serve more people in the Fort Bend Community and provide those impacted with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives,” said Mary Vazquez, senior director of community impact for United Way of Greater Houston. “The collaboration between many different organizations in the area has been instrumental in the recovery process and for that we are extremely grateful.”
Through this grant, Fort Bend Recovers will assist area flood victims with long-term recovery needs such as case management, which connects members of the community with nonprofit liaisons to ensure everyone who is in need of aid receives it; behavioral health services, which assists residents with mental and emotional health resources; home repairs, which ensures homes are safe, sanitary and secure; and basic needs funding to cover food, clothing and financial assistance.
The George Foundation and The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation, both based in Fort Bend County, work to positively impact county residents by investing in nonprofit efforts that address critical community needs and enhance quality of life. For inquiries about flood-recovery assistance through Fort Bend Recovers, area residents are encouraged to call the Fort Bend Recovers Information Line at 281-207-2555.