Millions of our fellow Texans continue to suffer from the horrendous effects of Hurricane Harvey. Recovery from this historic storm has yet to even begin. The Diocese of Dallas is working with Catholic Charities of Dallas and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and government agencies to assist evacuees who are in our area for the unforeseen future. These men, women and children have lost everything, many arriving in Dallas with only the clothes on their backs. Because many businesses were destroyed, some have no job.
When you consider that an 8 pack of baby formula on average costs $50 and a tank of gas can cost up to $60 at the current rate, you can see the hardships families are facing. As we fulfill Christ’s direction to “welcome the stranger,” I invite you to participate in this Christian response to help our brothers and sisters in need. For the most urgent needs such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation please donate at www.cathdal.org/help.
Besides the loss of homes and possessions in the path of the hurricane, many Catholic churches and schools along the Gulf Coast were also destroyed. Many of our Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas are already hearing from families who escaped the storm and now need to find a place for their Catholic School student to resume their education. We are open to take in these students, even when we know their families cannot pay tuition. We need your help. Tuition cost an average of $500 a month. If you would like to help sponsor an evacuee student in one of our schools, please visit www.cathdal.org/helpschools.
I sincerely thank you for your kindness and I ask that the Lord bless you and your loved ones. Please keep those who have suffered so much from this storm in your thoughts and prayers. May God bring them comfort and strength.