Houston USCAL Disaster Relief

$7,050 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 9 months
In anticipation of the dire need the Body of Christ in Houston  has regarding the need to rebuild and repair their churches and communities - we are now setting up a fund for them via USCAL (The US Coalition of Apostolic Leaders).

We will be dispensing monies after the current crisis of more rainfall dissipates Monies will be sent directly to fellow members such as Doug Stringer and others whom we know can facilitate our aid effectually.

If every leader and or organization can send at least 1 thousand or more in the next week (some can send much, much more) we will be sure to dispense the monies appropriately. Let's set our goal at no less then 100K over the next two weeks.

My  own local Church and Apostolic Network will also be receiving an offering  and give through this site.

I trust that all of us together will partner with our brothers and sisters during this time of testing and be a great blessing!

For His Kingdom

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Here's the latest Update from Doug Stringer of Somebody Cares...

Thank You to Michael Lindell, founder of Lindell Foundation and Inventor of "My Pillow" who is donating 10,000 pillows through One Mission for Somebody Cares Houston to help distribute them. They should be arriving this Saturday at one of our Somebody Cares affiliate churches. Thank you to all the amazing people, organizations, and partners who have given their time, talent and resources to partner with us!! We have teams ready to come serve our city and state from all across the nation.

"This is a multi-level disaster like we have never done before," Doug Stringer said today, referencing how SCA has operations going on simultaneously in three different phases of relief:

Rockport, Aransas, and Port Lavaca: Having suffered extensive damage from Harvey's 130mph winds, but not flooding, these areas have moved out of Phase 1 (Rapid Response and Rescuing Lives) into Phase 2 (Regrouping for Continuing Relief and Recovery). "We're expecting a big influx of people returning this weekend," says SCA Field Rep Mark Roye, who has been working in that area since Day 1. Stores are opening up, and people will be needing tools for clean-up, such as boots, masks, gloves, rakes, etc. "We've expanded to serving 4000 plus meals a day through our disaster relief partner, Mercy Chefs in partnership with Somebody Cares" Mark says and we will soon be moving into Aransas, Port Lavaca, and rural areas.

Houston: Though many areas are still under evacuation and inaccessible, Houston is still operating in Phase 1 relief but nearing the transition into Phase 2. With the rain has stopping, flood waters beginning to recede, and roads are opening up, aid is now making its way to many locations. Today, Mercy Chefs in partnership with Somebody Cares will be setting up at Calvary Chapel Houston near Friendswood, Tx to start providing thousands of hot meals in next couple of days. These meals will also be taken to various churches throughout the region to serve those communities as well.

Beaumont, Port Arthur, Jasper/Newton Counties: These areas were hit very hard last night. Somebody Cares Jasper/Newton had seven church shelters set up, but some of them had to relocate evacuees in the middle of the night because of flooding. Miles and miles of I-10 between Houston and Beaumont is like a river. They are in need boats for rescues and lots of extra prayer!

"I'm praying that, as the Church continues to be a city on a hill, united to heal a nation divided, God would use us to bring healing to the polarization in our nation," Doug says.

Shelter Transitions:
Many residents in transitional shelters being transferred to George R. Brown Convention Center and to other cities. Reports have said 10,000 will go to Dallas, and 5-7,000 will go to Austin. FEMA is expected to start opening hotels to evacuees, as well.
Mike May from Somebody Cares Humble visited several church shelters in that area and says: "Many of these shelters opened on faith, some with as little as one 12-pack of bottled water! But they have been overwhelmed by outpouring of generosity."
Lakewood Church actually opened up with so many supplies that SCA was able to locate other church shelters in need and re-distribute the over-abundance to shelters operating in Stafford and South Houston.

A Net That Works:
Supplies and offers to serve continue to come in from around the country. One local church has teams from at least 20 other churches who want to come and serve. Trucks of supplies are coming from Oklahoma State University and awaiting direction on where to deliver. The Foursquare Church headquarters has chaplains and other supplies, and a West Houston restaurant has offered to provide hot meals at no charge.

A trainer who was involved with Ike relief in Galveston is producing training videos for relief volunteers when we are ready to receive teams, and Cowboy Church in Tatum, Texas, is concerned about the livestock and has offered to bring down trailers and horses. A dialysis provided has even offered services to those who are in shelters and in need of their treatments.

SCA Vice President Jodie Chiricosta received a call earlier tonight from someone doing relief work in downtown Houston. "They had supplies like clothing, shoes, baby strollers, and hygiene items, plus 1000 hot barbeque meals that needed to be distributed." She contacted New Life Church, and they picked up all the supplies--including the meals--in their box truck, not knowing where they could take them since all the shelters had already served dinner. "They ended up feeding 1,000 first responders at a staging area in Memorial City Mall!" Jodie says. "What a great story of God's providence!"

Please continue to pray for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey; those who are responding with such great compassion; and governmental leaders at all levels who are under tremendous stress to serve so many.

Thanks for Caring!!

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As the rain continues to pelt Houston and the surround area causing increasing flooding and misery, Somebody Cares is fully engaged in responding to the needs of those impacted by Harvey.

One of our teams, along with ministry partner Mercy Chefs, began serving hot meals in Rockport, TX – which was ground zero when Harvey stormed ashore. In addition to serving meals to first responders from our mobile kitchen station, chefs also prepared meals using the county jail to serve officials working round the clock in the municipal buildings coordinating relief efforts.

In Pearland and Friendswood, on the south side of Houston, several churches have been identified as staging areas for relief supplies and housing evacuees.

We continue to connect people and communities needing help with rescue calls with trained teams who can assist emergency management teams in their efforts.

Assessments throughout flooded communities are also continuing as the disaster area continues to grow due to more and more rain.

Our team has also been fielding calls from new shelters in churches that have opened today to house some of the thousands of people that got mandatory evacuation notices today due to overflowing reservoirs and dams. These new shelters have urgent needs for items listed below. In the north east area and Humble area, Grace Church Humble and New Covenant Church are now shelters. At least 6 buses of evacuees were brought to Grace Humble. The pastor texted us and mentioned they need Cots, Air mattresses, Dog and Cat cages because people obviously didn’t want to leave their pets. Other Churches in and around Houston are contacting us to offer their facilities if needed after the water recedes.

We are having ongoing calls and conference calls with our Somebody Cares reps and with our partner relief organizations. Trucks are waiting to get into Houston, Hot Meal Kitchen from Mercy Chefs and others waiting to get in also once the road are passable.

We have also served as a communication hub for pastors and agencies throughout the city coordinating relief efforts and trying to direct aid when needs are identified.
In addition, supplies are being mobilized around the country so that as soon as roads are open, more relief can quickly get to the people who desperately need the help!

IMMEDIATE NEEDS AT AREA SHELTERS (needs vary from shelter to shelter but we have received many requests for these items).
• Cots
• Air mattresses
• Hygiene items
• Food
• Baby items like diapers, etc.
• Water and drinks
• Snacks

If you are in Houston and have some of these items that are you willing and are safely able to deliver to a shelter, please call the Somebody Cares office at 713-621-1498 so we can direct you to a shelter that needs the items. Otherwise, please consider making a donation to Somebody Cares so we can purchase these and other needed supplies to help evacuees!

Most of all please pray that the rain abates and the flood waters recede!

Thank you for contributing to the Houston USCAL Relief Fund
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$7,050 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 9 people in 9 months
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