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Winter Storm Assistance

Feb 20, 2021

See below for how you can request help and donate funds in the wake of the winter storms that recently struck our community. We've also include information about donating to our Food Pantries, and some insight to Houston's First's approach to responding to natural disasters.

You can always access the information on this page — or invite others to it — by texting HOPE to 81411.


Need Assistance?

Houston's First is ready to provide physical labor to assist with debris removal, carpet removal, furniture removal, and so on. Complete our Winter Storm Response form to get the process started:

CLICK TO COMPLETE WINTER STORM RESPONSE FORM

Plumbing Needs
Houston's First is not providing assistance with plumbing repairs. All plumbing needs should be directed to a licensed plumber.


Houston's First maintains a Disaster Relief Fund so we are able to respond quickly to urgent needs. To make a financial contribution to the fund, you can do so any time by selecting "Disaster Relief Fund" as the Giving Type when giving to Houston's First using our online giving platform here on our website or the Houston's First app.

CLICK TO GIVE TO DISASTER RELIEF FUND


Donate to Food Pantries

Donations of food and cases of bottled water are always appreciated at our Food Pantries. (Clothing donations are not needed at this time.) Of particular need are food items that serve as Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Asian food staples:
  • Rice - Long Grain
  • Spaghetti / Noodles
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Dry Beans - White, Red or Pinto
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Dry Lentils
  • Canned Corn
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruit
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Snack food such as Chips, Granola Bars and Cookies
  • Canned Tuna Fish
Donations of food and water can be made at the following locations:

Faith Center–Spring Branch Food Pantry
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday @ 10a-1p
8244 Long Point Rd.
Houston, TX 77055

Faith Center–Harwin
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday @ 10a-1p
5680 Ranchester Dr., Suite 833
Houston, TX 77036


Organic vs. Organizational

So, how does Houston's First approach disaster relief efforts — especially with such a large church family spread out across a large geographical area? In the wake of any natural disaster, needs are met through both organic and organizational ways.

ORGANIC: Life Bible Studies are the primary way the Houston's First family loves, supports, and encourages one another. Already, we've seen Life Bible Study groups step up to serve their members in the midst of the recent winter storm — providing a home to stay in, dropping off a hot meal, loaning a portable generator, helping with debris removal, and other such acts. It's the church being the church!

ORGANIZATIONAL: For larger needs and to serve people not connected with a Life Bible Study, Houston's First organizes resources to ensure everybody is taken care of. Different ministries collaborate behind the scenes to identify the needs, coordinate volunteers, secure resources, and schedule the work efforts. Completing the Winter Storm Response form gets the process started!


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