Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike Work Days


The Greater Houston area is still suffering from damage caused from Hurricane Ike.  The damage is extensive and work is expected to be on-going for at least the next year.  The Greater Houston Long Term Recovery Committee, which is a coalition of church, service and volunteer agencies, is looking for volunteers to help repair Ike-damaged homes for low-income families, seniors and disabled people.
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Hurricane Ike, Katy ServeFest, Red Cross

Merry Christmas From CompassionKaty.org


“…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25:40

CompassionKaty.org would like to thank each and every person who has volunteered their time this year.  Servefest 2008 at West Houston Charter School was a huge success.  We had over 350 volunteers representing 3000+ volunteer hours give their time and talents to improve this school’s facilities.  Hurricane Ike came to the Houston area and our wonderful volunteers and church partners jumped into action.  We had teams out rebuilding fences and clearing tree limbs for local residents who were unable to do it for themselves, others volunteered with the Red Cross doing damage assessments and data entry work, and several churches were called in as Red Cross Shelters hosting families needing shelter.  We also teamed up with IkeAssist.org to go into the areas hit hardest by the storm and help to clear out debris and start the rebuilding process for several families.  Check out the Compassion In Action Stories to read more. 

We hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and that the love of Christ fills your homes and families all through the year.  We look forward to a bigger and better 2009 as we all work together bringing the hope of Christ in to our Community.

Breath of Life Children’s Clinic, Hurricane Ike

Breath Of Life Paint Day


Now that Ike has blown through and Breath of Life children’s clinic has been used even more, giving free treatment to Ike’s kids, we are having our rescheduled paint day for Saturday, November 15. The Breath of Life Adult Clinic also has requested some borders be put up in various rooms. Please join us as we improve the environment of this clinic that serves the uninsured in our community. Register Online as we love our community for Christ!

Compassion In Action Stories, Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church, Hurricane Ike

Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church Joins an Army of C.O.R.E. Volunteers to Clean Shore Acres Neighborhoods


On Saturday October 25, a team from Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church went to the Clear Lake/Seabrook area and joined with several hundred other volunteers organized by Christians Organized for Relief Efforts (C.O.R.E. Alliance) to clear debris from the yards of homes in the Shore Acres subdivision.  With beautiful weather and serving hearts, the team was able to clean the yards of three homes.  Two of the homes had been totally destroyed by the storm, and the third home was restorable but still uninhabitable.  Mounds of tree, building, and fence debris were gathered for FEMA contractors to collect.   The team was blessed to meet two of the homes’ owners and to hear their personal stories of loss, perseverance, faith and hope.

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Hurricane Ike, Red Cross

Vans & Drivers Needed in Galveston for Red Cross Shelter


Currently about 300 evacuees remain in the Red Cross Shelter on Galveston Island.  Many are without transportation which is desperately needed in order for them to meet with their FEMA inspectors and move their families and belongings into safe housing. 
 
Individuals with cars or vans are asked to contact Carolyn Shell of the American Red Cross at 713.724.9813 or by email at carolyn.shell@earthlink.net

Compassion In Action Stories, Grace Fellowship, Hurricane Ike, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch

Bake Sale


After Hurricane Ike left his calling card, Carol Schwartz decided to send a different calling card. Carol is a Katy resident, local mom, and small business owner. Not knowing what else to do, she decided to do a bake sale. She baked for days and with the help of her children, Crystal and Jarret, they set up for business with a goal of $500. Neighboring children, Yvonne Goodwyne, Alex Gannon, Olivia Claire, her mom Carole Claire and Halle Williams helped. By noon their goal had been reached and the decision was made to keep selling.

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Compassion In Action Stories, Cornerstone Presbyterian, Hurricane Ike, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch

Ike The Aftermath, How You Made A Difference


In the weeks after Hurricane Ike came through and devastated Galveston Island and the surrounding communities, Erin Cox, a Katy resident and member of Grace Fellowship went to Galveston to check on her sister and family who lived on the island. She was heartbroken when she saw the total devastation with her own eyes, she felt God’s calling to do something. She knew that her nephew’s school, O’Connell Senior High, in Galveston had been badly damaged as had many of the homes of other students who attend the school.

Unsure of what one person could do, she decided to just start where she could. Erin consulted Diane Walker, Executive Director at CompassionKaty.org and a Clothing, Towels and Book drive for the school was begun. Cornerstone Presbyterian and The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch agreed to be drop off locations for the week of October 6-12, accepting donations of used clothing and towels, books, gift cards and monetary donations that would go directly to the students and families at O’Connell Senior High.

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Compassion In Action Stories, Hurricane Ike, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch

CompassionKaty.org and C.O.R.E. Team Up in Clear Lake


Photos have been posted of one of the house clean-up projects the team has been working on.

The need is tremendous. As of Oct. 03, 2008 the C.O.R.E. house count for immediate help has gone from 70 to 80. We are looking for volunteers on Saturdays. No children under 18 please. This is not easy work and some of the conditions require use of protective equipment which is being provided and works very well. We get dirty, but the difference we are making is really significant, one person and family at a time.

If you would like to help, contact Steve Nordlander at sanordlander@msn.com

Hurricane Ike, The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch

Ike: The Aftermath, How Can You Help?


Galveston is in need of gently used or new…

Clothing, Towels, and Books to Restore School Libraries

We will also be accepting gift cards and monitary donations. Please bring donations to the following drop off locations.

Cornerstone Church
1351 S. Mason Rd
Monday, October 13th
9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch
22765 Westheimer Parkway
October 6th – 12th

Volunteers Needed! Please contact Erin at erincox76@gmail.com or 832-768-1223