Despite dealing with their own power outages, facility damages, and displaced employees, YMCAs across the state jumped into action to be there for their neighbors as Harvey brought devastating damage to more than 60 Texas counties. YMCAs across the state opened their doors to those displaced by Harvey and first responders to provide them with places to shower, rest, and get a hot cup of coffee. The YMCA of the Golden Crescent was able to partner with the Texas Health & Human Services Department to serve as a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program site. The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. In just 7 days, over 12,500 people come through the YMCA’s doors to receive assistance. The YMCA of the Golden Crescent is also partnering with local school districts to provide free afterschool care and youth sports to any displaced family.
The YMCA of Greater Houston experienced significant damage to several of their facilities, but they were still able to offer emergency child-care during the immediate aftermath of the storm. Since then, they’ve continued to offer support to families and partner with several community organizations to ensure that communities have the tools they need to rebuild.
Ys in Texas and across the country have continued to provide resources, including financial, staff, and materials, to support Texans as they work to rebuild.