Looking Back at 2020: Responding to Hurricanes Laura & Delta

In 2020...

  • Coalitions and congregations all over Greater Houston participated in supply drives to help those affected by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

  • Over 2,000 recycled billboards were given to tarp damaged roofs in collaboration with Every Shelter.

  • In the aftermath of the storms, SWLA Responds was formed.

  • SWLA Needs You campaign was launched to raise awareness of destruction and need.


Supply Drives Help Families in Southwest Louisiana

Houston Responds built partnerships with organizations and congregations in the areas worst hit by Hurricane Laura. Based on their feedback, one of the initial needs we helped meet was basic supplies. Houston Responds arranged for a central redistribution site in Houston from which supplies were transported to Orange and southwest Louisiana. We provided a list of the most needed supplies as well as the locations of nearly 20 drop-off sites for collected supplies.

PARTNERING ORGANIZATIONS We were also able to receive supplies and work alongside several partnering organizations in our efforts. Thank you to these organizations: Eight Days of Hope, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Louisiana Conference UMC, Texans on Mission, United Way of South Lousiana, Somebody Cares, Texas VOAD, SBP, and Lousiana VOAD.

Clear Creek Community Church from the 4B Disaster Response Network in the Bay Area was one of many congregations throughout Greater Houston that served as a drop-off site for supply donations.

First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood (FPC) delivered supplies they collected as a drop-off site to the warehouse Houston Responds used for collecting supplies to be transported to families in need.

HR Southeast spent time in Lake Charles helping Pastor Armando Murillo of Ministerio Rio De Dios serve the Hispanic underserved communities after Delta.


Over 2,000 Recycled Billboards Help Families in Need

Houston Responds worked with the Houston-based nonprofit, Every Shelter, to distribute recycled billboard vinyls to be used to tarp roofs of homes damaged by Hurricane Laura and Delta. The billboard material is much more durable than the traditional blue tarps and can last two years. This allows families more time to make the needed repairs. Read the full KHOU11 article HERE.

A recycled billboard vinyl is being used to cover roof damage from Hurricane Laura while awaiting permanent roof repairs. Each vinyl can repair 1 to 2 damaged homes.

Pastor Carlos Gonzalez of Houston Responds: Southeast, and his son, pick up 300 recycled billboard vinyls from Habitat for Humanity that were delivered to Beaumont to help the recovery effort.


SWLA Responds is Formed Post Hurricanes Laura & Delta