Public Statements Regarding the Deadly Storm in Houston

Press Release 
Contact Name: Mercedes Santos Garay                     
Organization: West Houston Assistance Ministries
Phone Number: 713-550-0281
Email: msantosgaray@whamministries.org

West Houston Assistance Ministries among 28 Nonprofits Receiving Funds from
Mayor Turner and Judge Emmett’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Houston, Texas - October 4, 2017    West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing for the needs of families and individuals in crisis, has been selected as one of just 28 charities in the Houston area to receive funds from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.  The announcement was made yesterday at a press conference attended by both leaders; the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which is managing the funds; Tony Chase, the Fund’s Advisory Committee Co-chair, and some of the grant recipients.

Of the almost $79 million collected for the fund, about 10% is being disbursed to the 28 organizations as part of the first round of funding.  As Mayor Turner put it, “Money will go to trusted nonprofits…that are not new when it comes to meeting people’s most essential needs right where they live.”   Tony Chase, the fund’s Advisory Committee Co-chair added, “While we wanted to get these funds into the community quickly, we also wanted to ensure that the organizations that are grantees were well qualified and had the capacity to utilize the funds in an effective and efficient manner.” West Houston Assistance Ministries was awarded $66,000 to help with basic needs and emergency financial aid to victims.  The organization will disburse this assistance primarily to Harvey victims within their service zip codes of 77042, 77057, 77063, 77072, 77077, 77082 and 77083.  However, other cases coming from outside zipcodes will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Referring to having been selected as a grant recipient, Mark Brown, WHAM CEO, remarked, “Earlier this week I was with both Mayor Turner and Judge Emmett as they announced the recipients of the invite-only first round of funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. It is an honor to be selected and recognizes the hard work we have done in West Houston, and will continue to do among those affected by Harvey.”   Families and individuals needing financial or other basic needs assistance should call 713-977-9942 between 10am and 10:30am during the week to set up an appointment.

As has been indicated in the media, those affected by Hurricane Harvey are first encouraged to call the free 211 helpline operated by United Way of Greater Houston, where they will be matched to the organizations servicing the zip code in which they are currently residing and helping with the victims’ particular needs.

About West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM): WHAM is the social services outreach arm of an ecumenical coalition of Christian churches located in West Houston. It is dedicated to the provision of social services to the needy without regard to race, religion, gender, national origin or disability. In the past year they helped over 33,000 people with food, clothing, financial assistance, employment and education services, including the handing out of over 800,000 pounds of food.

Public Statement by Mark Brown
CEO of West Houston Assistance Ministries
September 6th, 2017

HELPING THOSE DEVASTATED BY THE DEADLY STORMS

HOUSTON, TEXAS: West Houston Assistance Ministries has assisted those in crisis for 35 years. When the deadly storms hit Houston just over a week ago, given the enormous need, I took the decision to focus our efforts on disaster relief. The situation remains very serious.  As of today, numerous neighborhoods in West Houston are still flooded due to controlled water release from local reservoirs.  Across Houston and the Texas coast, there are some 53,630 people displaced from their homes and more than 150,000 properties affected.  The scale of the need is unprecedented.

In response, we have identified the following needs which we are presently raising funds for:  Rent/Utility Assistance ($700 per family), transportation assistance, including car repairs ($500 per family), gas cards ($50), and bus passes ($10), food and water, store gift cards for small appliances, clothes, cleaning supplies, etc. ($100 per family), and motel accommodation for 1 week ($300 per family). We commit to doing all we can to help as many people as possible to recover from this horrific natural disaster.  Of funds donated, 100% will go to helping those affected by the storms. If you are able to help with a donation, either head to https://wham.networkforgood.com or send a check to 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77042, marked, ‘Disaster Relief’.

Now is the time to help our family, our friends, our neighbors. If you or someone you know is affected by the storm and needs assistance, please encourage them to visit West Houston Assistance Ministries at, 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77042, or call Adam at 713-993-7422.  It would be an honor to help them.

God bless,

Mark Brown
Chief Executive Officer


Public Statement by Mark Brown
CEO of West Houston Assistance Ministries
August 29th, 2017

DISASTER RELIEF FOLLOWING DEADLY STORM

HOUSTON, TX:  Over the past four days, Houston and surrounding areas have witnessed an unprecedented natural disaster. It has affected all of us, with tens of thousands displaced and hundreds of thousands needing assistance. The need is, quite frankly, enormous, but we must prevail. We must do all we can to help those who are affected and to assist those who have lost so much.

This is the time when individuals, churches, businesses, charities and the government must all come together. We stand tall for those who cannot. We must bring relief and rest to the weary and burdened--and we will. As CEO of West Houston Assistance Ministries, I will do all I can to assist those in the West Houston area. For the next few weeks at least, we will focus on providing disaster relief to all who need it. This will include the provision of food, water, hygiene items, diapers, cleaning supplies, blankets, towels, socks, underwear and new and gently used clothing.

I invite your help because we cannot do this alone. If you are able to donate any of the above items, please call Adam at 713-993-7422. You are also welcome to drop your donation off in person at 3100 Rogerdale Rd, Houston, TX 77042. In addition, we welcome monetary donations which can be made here:




You can also send a check to 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77042, marked, "Disaster Relief."

WHAM will reopen its doors for food distribution on Wednesday, August 30 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at 10501 Meadowglen Lane, Houston, TX 77042. If you would like to volunteer to help those in crisis, please call Adam at 713-993-7422.

I welcome your help as we seek to assist those in desperate need.

God bless,

Mark Brown
Chief Executive Officer

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