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Greater Houston Grassroots Relief

$26,375 of $26,375 goal

Raised by 372 people in 17 months
Created August 27, 2017

We're a grassroots coalition of groups from the greater Houston community coming together to offer direct support to our neighbors most impacted by #HurricaneHarvey. We believe in helping each other instead of relying on corporations or the State which clearly do not have our best interests at heart. We need your help to respond to this crisis! Please consider a generous donation today. Even $10 makes a difference. 

My name is Natalie Ruiz and I have many friends and family who are affected by the hurricane. We are working with a growing coalition of organizations and individuals in Houston and the surrounding areas. Groups in this coalition include:

Solidarity Houston
S.H.A.P.E. Center
Campaign Nonviolence Houston
Houston Peace & Justice Center
Houston Anarchist Black Cross
Black Lives Matter Houston Chapter
Resilient Nacogdoches
World On My Shoulders
Black Women's Defense League
Nosuco Tribe

(If your organization is doing frontline work in Houston or anywhere affected by this storm, we would like to hear from you as well.)

We are committed to being completely transparent with how funds are spent. Thank you for considering a donation to the Greater Houston Grassroots Relief Fund

**** Funds will go toward:
Food
Water
Fuel
Supplies
First aid

Other items you can donate or offer are:
Canoes, dinggies, small rafts
Able bodies
Places of refuge
Clothing, blankets
(Use this list to find a resource drop-off location near you)

Call or text for more details or if you have any immediate needs 8323560333

**** IF YOU CAN PROVIDE HOUSING please fill out this form by Austin Common Ground Relief .....

****TWITTER UPDATES:
@BuildAutonomy

****Find us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Greater-Houston-Autonomous-Relief-Harvey-702968289897303/

**** RESOURCES
-#AJUSTHARVEYRECOVERY - Gulf South Regional Resource & Support Mobilization

-Hurricane Harvey Relief Info: Aid Locations, shelter, resources, contacts for TX and LA

-List of vetted local Harvey relief funds

UPDATE: GoFundMe requires specific info on how funds will be transferred. 100% of funds will be transferred directly to World On My Shoulders. WOMS is a 501(c)3 NonProfit. Funds will be further allocated according to the on-the-ground needs of the organizations listed in the above coalition and accounted for transparently.

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My name is Natalie Ruiz. After the Harvey storm and the ensuing devastation, along with people who were left behind, a friend and I started a relief fund. We had been doing the work with so many other grassroots activists, from rescue, to feeding people, to fixing homes, we ALL did our part. We were knee deep in helping when we realized that there were more people without support than was reported. Our number one goal was to stand out from the corporate charities who received media coverage in certain areas, but who were also not helping enough in marginalized areas. We also made it a point of having full disclosure and TRANSPARENCY of how the funds were used.

The fund campaign grew very quickly at our GoFundMe site, more than we imagined and an immediate hold on the funds on or about August 31, 2017 until we had a legitimate fiduciary agent. We desired to partner with an organization that was doing similar grassroots work in order to "legitimize" the release of the funds. One comrade at the time, Eric Grebes (aka Seagull), suggested using a 501(c)3organization to do that. He then introduced us to Julia Walker with World On My Shoulders (WoMS: www.worldonmyshoulders.org). Even though Julia's organization was young, Eric vouched for the organization and we trusted his suggestion.

Once we made the updates and added WoMS as fiduciary agent, the funds were immediately released. Julia opened a separate bank account to keep these funds separate from WoMS' funds. Once the transfer was made, I continued traveling from Nevada to gather donations and bring them back to Houston. Jerry Maynard, another trusted activist, was added to the bank account. Julia and Jerry were the only people on the account and the only persons with access to the funds.

Around February of 2018, I began to request from both parties a bank summary of the funds spent and what was available. Both Julia and Jerry promised an audit. Jerry decided to remove himself from the account, but promised to leave a summary before doing so. The summary was never produced.

Julia claimed they would have the summary as well by the 1st of April 2018, but we are still waiting. We do know of where funding was spent in late 2017 and early 2018, approved by Julia and Eric. The items purchased for relief work (that we know of) included:

§ a box truck (approximately $6,000),

§ military tents (approximately $2,500), and

§ a green house (approximately $500).

We know that the box truck is in the hands of Eric and is being used in humanitarian efforts down in South Texas, but nothing else regarding the use of other equipment bought for relief.

Our Group, known as GREATER HOUSTON AUTONOMOUS/GRASSROOTS RELIEF FOR HARVEY was the recipient. We have continued to do the work, but WoMS has not been forthcoming with an audit of the funds, nor given us even a brief report. We have take our efforts to the Secretary of State of Texas and hope to give a thorough financial report by end of year. In the meantime, we are active in efforts with other organizations to support those who were impacted by Harvey. We promise a more comprehensive report that includes pictures and people helped. Thank you for your support and patience.
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We have been working around the clock the last few months! A strong network of people and groups are rebuilding the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, and simultaneously building a sustainable infrastructure for the future and for generations to come.

With your generous outpouring of donations, supplies, volunteering, love and support we have given relief to thousands* of families and provided truckloads of supplies and services including but not limited to:

*6-7000 families provided with material support
*3-5000 Individuals counseled 

-Supplies-
Water
Pre packaged snack foods 
Hot Food
Perishables and non perishables
Clothing
Shoes 
Back packs and school supplies
Linens 
Mattresses and sleeping pads
Furniture 
Appliances 
Coolers
Cleaning supplies
Sanitary products and toiletries 
Fruit trees
Herbs and vegetable plants
Tools (saws, drills, etc.)
Ladders 
Wheelbarrows
Drywall
Respirators
First aid supplies
Hazmat suits 
TYVEK suits
Personal self defense tools (mace, pepper spray)


Services 

Mucking 
Demolition 
Trash removal 
Rebuild construction 
Rent and Utility assistance 
Eviction prevention assistance 
Medical Clinics
Community gardens
Organic edible garden installations (Lawn to food)
Community fairs 
Skill shares 
Community media productions 
Verifying referral services 
Menstrual health education 
Peer to peer counseling 
Domestic violence counseling 
Baby wearing help
Child care and after school programs
Doula care
Prisoner support and advocacy 
Domestic violence escapes/self defense
Food and supplies distributed for displaced and disadvantaged families and individuals 
Establishing land sharing agreements to house displaced families and individuals


And we won't stop here...

Our collaborative efforts have laid a foundation for us to not only continue to provide support in Houston but expand throughout the country and beyond.

We have ongoing and emerging community resources we are building:

Solidarity Houston autonomous aid and solidarity houston library, a community space and library in Houstons east end have combined forces. This facility is available for workshops, hosting events and meetings.

If you want to donate specifically to this project, go to http://solidarityhouston.org/donate/


World on My Shoulders (WoMS), a national organization committed to providing long-term, evidence-based, holistic care to caregivers who are low-income and/or domestic violence victims by providing peer-to-peer support services, reusable and sustainable reproductive health goods, and infant care essentials.

To donate please visit http://worldonmyshoulders.org/support/


Food Forest Network and promoting sustainable living by planting fruit trees and edible gardens in yards and community gardens in neighborhoods affected by Harvey, as well as in low income neighborhoods. 

To donate go to https://www.youcaring.com/foodforestnetworkhouston-971171


Nosuco Tribe, nomadic sustainable community, working toward implementing sustainable practices and materials for new constructions and applications to minimize devastation in future disaster events. As well as establishing a network of sustainable communities and land share agreements for housing families and individuals.

To make a donation for applications such as Solar panels, Hempcrete, and other environmental and eco-friendly materials go to https://www.youcaring.com/humanity-957677


We are working on building a sustainable community home and office space for World on My Shoulders and other community organizations. This space includes a large lot for a community garden and space for neighborhood events.

To donate to this imminent project please visit http://worldonmyshoulders.org/support/

We have sinks ready to install, counters and cabinets, sheetrock to put up.
With your continued assistance we will finish this project faster.
Please take a look at the pictures of our new space!
Sinks ready to install
Edible community garden. beginning stage
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UPDATE: GoFundMe requires specific info on how funds will be transferred. 100% of funds will be transferred to World On My Shoulders. WOMS is a 501(c)3 NonProfit. Funds will be further allocated according to the on-the-ground needs of the organizations listed in the above coalition and accounted for transparently.
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