Texas Hurricane Relief
On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, leading to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas; an estimated 136,000 homes were damaged in Harris County (Houston) alone. Additionally, the Coastal Bend region was hit especially hard, with an estimated 39,927 damaged structures totaling $4.5 billion. Damage caused by Harvey was vast – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters, but high-speed winds downed trees and damaged roofs.
Temporary Program Suspension
We have suspended operations due to the global COVID-19 crisis. We remain committed to finishing the work we began once we are safely able. Learn more here.
Our team in Coastal Bend was focused on constructing high-quality interior, home repairs. In addition to our traditional recovery work, we will continue to partner with other local organizations in an effort to expand our impact on affected communities. We have worked on community beautification projects with Keep Aransas County Beautiful and have been collaborating with Hands of Hope who have repaired roofs of homes that will end up in our work queue.
We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back. We will return to Texas to continue operations as soon as it is safe to do so.
Phase One: Houston and Coastal Bend – August 2017 to January 2018
During the response phase, our teams were able to complete an impactful 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week program in Houston. In January, 2018 both programs transitioned into the recovery phase.
Phase Two: Houston – January 2018 to March 2020
After more than two and half years on the ground, our team has wrapped up efforts in Houston, helping support homeowners on their road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. In addition to the construction work performed in Houston, we actively supported Food Not Bombs, distributing food to communities in need. Our Texas team will be continuing work in the Coastal Bend area.
Her world is back
All Hands and Hearts volunteers help homeowner Linda O’Neal find normalcy in Aransas Pass, Texas after Hurricane Harvey destroyed her home.
Volunteer Spotlight: Stella
Stella Chalila from Zimbabwe spent her first time in the US volunteering in Aransas Pass before starting her master’s degree in disaster management.
See our volunteers in action and stay up to date on the latest program activities.