We are deeply saddened by the crisis currently taking place in Texas. As believers we have been praying earnestly for relief. We also know that we have a mandate to actively love our neighbors, wherever they maybe, especially in times of need. We admire all of you who have been giving and a special thank you to those on the ground bringing relief. You all are in our prayers and have our support.
During catastrophes, such as hurricane Harvey, it can be difficult to know how and where to help. Sometimes we worry about where our money maybe going and if it will be spent with integrity in mind. To help ease that burden we did research and complied a short list of trustworthy organizations and people who are responding to the crisis. Please read carefully and always do your own research. Email us if you would like us to add any other organizations/pages. We hope this helps!
- From the Justice Talks team
James 2:14-17 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus/ convention center will be partnering to collect relief materials for the Hurricane Harvey victims. Deliver items to their Administrative Office, 400 N High Street, by 5 pm this Wednesday, August 30th.
Current needs include:
Comfort kits -- (soap, shampoo, toothpaste)
Deliver items to their Administrative Office, 400 N High Street, by 5 pm this Wednesday, August 30th.
We all love Jeremy and Jessica Courtney from Preemptive Love. They lead a global movement of peacemakers who are changing the way we engage with the world’s most polarizing conflicts by confronting fear with acts of love. They are extending their work to focus on aiding those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 100% of all donations will go directly to hurricane response! They have teams on the grounds now. Preemptive Love is an integral, compassionate and just organization we are proud to promote and support! To donate and check out what they're doing in Houston, and globally, click this link.
The work of Matthew 25: Ministries helps disaster victims throughout the United States and around the world. They accept monetary donations and product donations of misprinted, slightly damaged, over-stocked or gently used supplies from corporations, organizations and individuals nationwide.
With the help of volunteers, goods are processed at their 168,000 square-foot Processing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and then shipped via forty-foot seagoing containers and by semi-trailers to the poorest of the poor and disaster victims. They are receiving in-kind and monetary donations for hurricane Harvey relief. You can mail or drop off donations to 11060 Kenwood RD, Cincinnati, OH. 45242 They just took their first trip down to Texas and plan to take many more.
You can access their donation page by directly visiting www.bit.ly/M25Mdonate.
The PIA Tour and Joseph Solomon
Joseph Solomon and the Poets in Autumn tour have created a donation platform that will provide support to Houston's local churches, family/friends they personally know, and volunteer opportunities for those in proximity to Houston. This option provides an intimate giving space for donors. All recipients of donations are in relationship to Joseph Solomon and provides support to smaller local churches on the grounds, that may not get as much support as mega organizations/churches. For more information on their platform and how to donate/volunteer click this link: https://www.josephsolomonlive.com/houston-relief
Have friends and family in Houston and want to direct them to safe housing? Check out these options we discovered on NPR’s website.
Airbnb has set up an urgent accommodations site, where people can open their homes to evacuees from the storm or find shelter themselves. All service fees will be waived for those affected by the disaster and checking in between August 23-September 25. Click link if you are looking for shelter or would like to offer your space for free: https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County coordinates the city's response to homelessness, serving as "a backbone organization" to groups that offer direct service. It has been providing updated information on shelters with available beds. Link: http://www.homelesshouston.org/hurricane-harvey/
More from NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social