Stay Connected and Provide Help as Houston Area
Reels from the Effects of Hurricane Harvey
NOTE: You can donate to AGRM-member missions affected by Harvey through AGRM. Visit www.agrm.org/donate. Log in and on the online form, simply enter the amount you would like to give in the “Special” field, and type “Disaster Relief” in the "Instructions" field.
AGRM will disperse the funds to our member missions in the Houston area and other areas affected by ramifications of the storm.
August 28: The Houston area is facing worsening historic flooding in the coming days as Tropical Storm Harvey dumps more rain on the city, swelling rivers to record levels.
According to a Reuter’s report, Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years. The storm came ashore Friday near Corpus Christi, about 220 miles south of Houston. It has since lingered around Texas’ Gulf Coast, where it is forecast to remain for several more days, drenching parts of the region with a year’s worth of rain in the span of a week.
Rains have submerged cars and turned freeways into rivers, with more flooding expected when the storm shifts back in the direction of Houston. Harvey’s center was 90 miles (148 km) southwest of Houston on Monday morning and forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday, with the worst floods expected later that day and on Thursday.
Schools, airports, and office buildings in the nation’s fourth largest city have shut down as chest-high water filled some neighborhoods in the low-lying city that is home to about 2.3 million people.
The metropolitan area, home to 6.8 million people, also is the nation’s refining and petrochemical hub, which has been crippled by the storm. Numerous refiners shut operations, likely for weeks. Torrential rain also hit areas more than 150 miles away, swelling rivers upstream and causing a surge heading toward the Houston area, where numerous rivers and streams already have been breached. Some areas have already seen as much as 30 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
By the end of the week in some Texas coastal areas the total precipitation could reach 50 inches (127 cm), which is the average rainfall for an entire year, forecasters said.
Harvey is expected to produce an additional 15 to 25 inches (38 to 63 cm) of rain through Friday in the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.
If you have been affected personally by the hurricane and need emergency shelter or aid, please use our map search to locate the nearest mission in your community.
We have also provided a Hurricane Harvey Discussion Forum for our member missions to use to update us on the latest in their community (member log-in required). We will post some of their comments at the bottom of this page under "News from AGRM Member Missions."
News and Member Information
Support Your Local Mission
Assistance provided by gospel rescue missions is free of charge to those in need. Please review the following ways to support missions in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.
AGRM missions are primarily privately funded and depend on financial contributions to provide aid and emergency shelter to those left homeless and hungry in the wake of disaster. Cash is the most efficient method of donating because it offers rescue missions the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Use our map search to find the mission nearest you that you might want to donate to and look for the donation and volunteer links. If there are no links to donate or to volunteer in AGRM's profile of the mission, click the mission website link; in most cases the mission's online donation link will be on the mission website's home page.
Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by the rescue mission. Confirm the needs by contacting the mission of your choice before starting to collect. Most missions will typically need the items below during a natural disaster:
- Non-perishable food items
- Blankets and sheets
- Coats for men, women, and children
- Hygiene items
Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established rescue mission in the area will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained to respond in the most effective way.
Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster—especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
AGRM's Intercessory Prayer Team is praying for all those who will be affected by the storm, and asking God for protection of life and property. You can join them by lifting your local mission before God in prayer.
News from AGRM Member Missions
(most recent information listed first)
Don Johnson, president, Campus of Hope, Conroe, Texas
I have already updated AGRM members about needs: emergency beds, children's books, DVDs, children's Bibles, school supplies, and three very leaky roofs. Though insurance may cover a lot of costs, the deductibles will be maybe $5,000. Thank you very much for every support gift given in Jesus' name. A side issue, the grass has grown so fast, that our power push mower is dying even after I had it repaired. We are a newer women and their children ministry started late in 2016, after the City of Conroe shut down our Day Shelter. Finances are tough on start-ups. We are told that our 50 year old stylish and warm house program is the very best in Conroe. Men are constantly asking us for finding bed space for them. Maybe later and not next door!
Don Johnson, president, Campus of Hope, Conroe, Texas
Today (Thursday) we finally got two construction men on the Campus of Hope Flat roofs. Though inspected last fall when we purchased this 8 bedroom now 24 bed house, and roof was reported fine, it seems to not be the case now. Shingles and tar and flashing all real bad. Real poor, either due to high winds and horizontal rain, or hot heat this summer. Water ran down some walls inside, but no apparent damage inside. One flat roof has a lake in the middle. Flashing simply pulled away. The 3 flat root roofs are +/- 20 x 25. The pitched roofs are not examined yet.
Items we could use: emergency mattresses, children’s books & DVD’s, hygiene supplies, paper supplies, finances, and lot of prayer—being in a 50 year old building with a new program. We are not flooded but very strong winds and rain. The rains came down, but the floods for us did not come up!
AGRM business member Relief Bed International desires to assist AGRM homeless shelters and pop up shelters in the affected areas in Texas and surrounding areas. They offer products built with disaster management in mind. They urge all missions who provide emergency shelter to be prepared with their own emergency shelter needs. And they want to donate beds to missions affected by Hurricane Harvey.
They are offering either their Roll Up Relief Bed or Waterproof Tri-Fold Relief Bed at $55.00 each (see the products at https://reliefbed.com/shop), and with every 5 purchased, Relief Bed International will send 1 free to an AGRM mission that is sheltering those affected by Harvey. Contact Scott Smalling at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this program and to let them know which shelters in the affected areas are in need of beds to receive donations.
Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) is offering scripture-based children’s booklets called “The Survivors” in English and Spanish that have recently been updated but were originally developed with Compassion International. They also have a booklet for teens through adults “When Your Whole World Changes” also in English and Spanish. Available to AGRM-member missions in affected areas. Contact Laura C. Fisher, area executive directory-North America at email@example.com.
Don Johnson, president; Lori Williams, program director (live in), Campus of Hope, Conroe, Texas
Campus of Hope Rescue Mission is a 20 bed Women & Family Transitional Program in Conroe, Texas, about 50 miles North of Houston. Yes, Hurricane Harvey is impacting us with wind and horizontal rain. Water ran down one inside house wall and thru the ceiling of our small office area. The street in front was flooded, with canoes and kayaks passing by but no flood water into the house. All the area streets and freeways are closed. We are OK. We are being warned that much more rain is coming. It comes in waves. The rain confines mothers and children to the building. Yet a peaceful situation prevails. God’s presence is felt.
Jerry Rilling, Executive Director, Beacon Light Mission/Doors of Hope Women's Shelter, Wilmington, California
Our little mission received 600 blankets over the weekend, a bounty from our Lord. We would gladly share these with the people in Texas. Any suggestion on how we can get them there? [Editor's note: Jerry's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.]
From Hank Rush, president and CEO of Star of Hope Mission, Houston
I appreciate you checking in on us very much. Our mission is doing just fine. Our two main facilities are both operational and have power and water, plus back up generation capability for power. Our city and area is heavily impacted.
We had moved 250 women and children from our old campus to our new campus the end of last week. And two days later the hurricane hit. The new campus has its own retention wall because Houston is so flat. Everything on the new campus is fine. We are working with the city of Houston to help stranded citizens. The city of Houston put 500 people up last night we had 100 at our mission. With all of the changes and the move to our new campus, we recently moved our office to a suite, and that area is flooded. Our suite is fine but we can't get to it.
The vastness of this flooding is quite unbelievable. All of the images you see on TV are quite accurate; it's a mess down here. Please keep us in Houston and south Texas in your prayers! We are very appreciative of all the prayers of fellow AGRM members, and we will try to keep you posted.
From Tommy Thompson, president/CEO of Open Door Mission, Houston
Thanks for your concern and contact. We are OK. Took on some water in the kitchen and other non-critical areas. What a test of our facility's condition. The main building was built in 1904 and is standing strong. We have food until Saturday and hope the Food Bank reopens soon. The spirits of the men in our program are really good. They are grateful that they are safe and dry. Gratitude is a really good sign as far as I'm concerned. We have more water coming but we believe the worst is behind us. God is in control and He has this. We leave it to Him to get us through. Thanks again for checking in us. God bless.