United Way of Hays County Disaster Recovery Fund supports 50 families to move back home
More than 50 Hays and Caldwell County families will be moving back into their homes damaged by the 2015 floods, thanks to hundreds of donors who gave to the United Way of Hays County Flood Disaster Recovery Fund.In February 2016 United Way presented $420,000 to several organizations dedicated to assist Hays and Caldwell County residents with flood recovery from the devastating Memorial Day and All Saints floods of 2015.
The fund was established immediately following last year’s Memorial Day Flood event. In the weeks and months after the disaster, more than $525,000 were raised through a variety of events and fundraisers, along with private and corporate donations.
Funds were presented to the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team, San Marcos Housing Authority and St. Bernard Project to aid them in helping in the rebuilding of homes and lives of those affected by the 2015 floods.
United Way board president Michelle Hamilton said the public outpouring of support demonstrates the dedication of Hays and Caldwell County residents to their neighbors. “We are honored to be able to award three organizations over $420,000 today to support the rebuilding of homes and lives in Hays and Caldwell Counties. These organizations combined will bring over 50 families home in 2016,” she said.
Flood recovery is a long-term mission, Hamilton said. “It is our hope that by awarding these funds, United Way of Hays County can bring attention to the continuing need of flood survivors. There is still much to be done and more funds are needed. United Way is proud to have been a part of the initial flood recovery.”
United Way of Hays County awarded the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team $25,000 to aid in meeting the unmet needs of clients who have applied to the BR3T for assistance. James Gabriel, Executive Director of the BR3T accepted the donation. The BR3T continues to collect funds for long-term recovery.
The San Marcos Housing Authority, which has been a United Way partner since the organization was established more than 30 years ago, received $70,000 to repair or rebuild more than 10 homes at the CM Allen Homes site that were damaged both in the Memorial Day and All Saints Floods. In addition to this donation, United Way is funding the repair of four additional units being rebuilt by the St. Bernard Project. Albert Sierra, Executive Director of the San Marcos Housing Authority, accepted the funds.
St. Bernard Project was awarded $324,000. Staff from the St. Bernard Project has been on the ground since five days immediately following the Memorial Day flood, working hand-in-hand with United Way and other recovery organizations in Hays and Caldwell Counties to provide immediate relief and now rebuilding support to friends and neighbors affected by both floods.
This is the second major distribution of flood relief funds. In the weeks following both floods, $40,000 funding was initially provided to Southside Community Center, My Neighbor’s Keeper, Barnabas Connection, Serve San Marcos and the Ministerial Alliance of Caldwell County. Additionally, $5,000 in gift cards for basic services were distributed directly to flood victims in the days immediately following the floods.
One hundred percent of donations received have directly assisted flood victims, with United Way covering the cost of administering and stewardship of the donations.
While the allocations of funds will go a long way in helping those still in need after the devasting floods, there is still much to be done. We need people to donate or volunteer so that more of our friends and neighbors can go home to safe living conditions this year.
To donate, please click HERE. Donations can also be sent to PO Box 1728, San Marcos, TX 78667 or you can text the word FLOODS to 41444 to make a donation amount of your choice.
To volunteer, please contact the St. Bernard Project through their website found here.
If you are a homeowner still in need of rebuilding assistance, please contact the St. Bernard Project at (504) 256-1414. If you are in need of any other assistance, please contact the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team through their website found here.