Texans Recovering Together (TRT)
In understanding the mental stress connected with recovery, the “Texans Recovering Together” seeks to support not only those who were directly impacted by the storm, but also those who continue to assist in the response and recovery long after the storm has passed.
The TRT’s, Crisis Counseling Program seeks to help both of these groups maintain their mental and emotional health while working to recover throughout Texas.
As an active organization participating in Liberty County’s tong term recovery efforts, the Red Cross has been developing a financial assistance program focused to help individuals, families and communities continue on their paths to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross will provide assistance through local Disaster Case Managers (from partner agencies) to households with limited resources whose homes were destroyed or suffered major damage.
The Red Cross is not accepting applications for assistance on its website, over the phone, or at its offices. Applications must come from a disaster case management agency. People who do not have a Disaster Case Manager should call 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org to locate one in their county.
Catholic Charities has taken an engaged role in recovery all across the gulf coast and will be assisting Liberty County’s recovery effort by providing building materials, furniture and appliances for families and individuals referred to them by case managers.
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Every year, Americares responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares has been working in Texas for over a decade and has a long history responding to emergencies in Texas, including Hurricane Ike in 2008. Americares Hurricane Harvey Relief Program focuses on restoring access to health care in storm-damaged communities, supporting mental health services for survivors and helping health care facilities better prepare for future storms.
To date, Americares has provided more than $12 million worth of medicines and supplies, health programs and financial assistance to help residents recover from Harvey. In addition to supporting mobile clinics, vaccination campaigns, and community education efforts in the area, we are presently implementing mental health and psychosocial programming to support health workers, first responders, and other front-line workers serving Harvey-affected communities. As part of a long-term commitment to expand mental health services for survivors, Americares will provide psychoeducational trainings, workshops focusing on burnout and compassion fatigue prevention, support groups, and solution-focused sessions that will better equip participants to care for themselves, patients, and community members experiencing trauma, anxiety or distress as a result of the storm. All services are free-of-charge.
For more information, contact Sherhonda Harper, Hurricane Harvey Recovery Director (475-359-2444; Sharper@americares.org ) or Katie Mullins, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program Manager (475-359-2447; Kmullins@americares.org)