“The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and our Catholic Charities will embrace and help both materially and spiritually our brothers and sisters who are victims of the ravages of Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers are with each and everyone, victims and those coming to their aid. Now is a time for our Catholic population and all people of good will to come together and to offer our time as well as other resources to assist our brothers and sisters in need.” — Bishop Michael Olson, Diocese of Fort Worth
HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE
**Please note we will periodically be updating this post with needs as new info arrives.
Catholic Charities Fort Worth is actively involved in a hands on way to help provide aid to those affected along the Texas Coast. Together with our Bishop, our Disaster Response Team has been in direct contact with local, state, and federal partners as well as in touch with all of our sister agencies in Galveston/Houston, Southeast Texas, Corpus Christi, Rio Grande Valley, and Dallas and know what the on the ground needs really are. If you’re looking for a way to help out, or know anyone who is, please feel free to direct them to the following list.
– Cash Donations: For your convenience, Catholic Charities Fort Worth is accepting donations to take care of local evacuees and supporting the deployment of aid to the Texas Coast. Please click HERE to donate and specify “Harvey” in the notes section.
Gift Card Drop-Offs: the needs on the ground are for cash donations to individual Catholic Charities Agencies and/or gift cards in the denominations of $10, $25, or $100 to stores that include Walmart, HEB Grocery Store, Home Depot, Kroger’s, Old Navy, and gas cards or fast food chains. If you want to provide gift cards, you can bring them directly to our main Catholic Charities Fort Worth campus at 249 W Thornhill Drive, or to one of the following parishes or locations closest to you. Our parish partners are so gracious to store and host these donations, and we will coordinate picking them up and getting them to the right place.
- St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Arlington
- St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Fort Worth
- Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Colleyville
- Our Lady of the Lourdes, Mineral Wells
- St. Brendan, Stephenville
- Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Denton
- Catholic Charities Fort Worth Northwest Campus, Wichita Falls
We’re also looking for volunteers to commit to one of two opportunities:
– Supporting donations and shelters locally (two shelters have been authorized here in Tarrant County). This includes cataloging needs for food, shelter, and clothing.
– Deployment to the Texas Coast on an as needed basis. This is contingent on state officials, with a target date of 9/11. This includes canvasing door to door to understand needs and input people into the FEMA system. We are looking for people who could commit to a two-week deployment with 72 hours notice, multiple deployments are available.
Training for volunteer opportunities will be on our campus, located at 249 W Thornhill Drive at the following dates/times:
If you are interested in volunteering please fill out this form.
As is to be expected, we will continue to need your support for the long term well-being of people displaced and seeking case management from us in the coming months. We’re here for the long haul and it will take a lot of energy to rebuild lives, not limited to financial planning, apartment setups, job placement aid, school enrollment, and more. As so many lives are impacted, so many people displaced, we will continue our work towards ending poverty by doing as much as we can to eradicate it from happening to our neighbors.
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