After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, evacuees in East Texas turned to Catholic Charities for help in the form of financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, clothing, food, medicine, transportation, counseling, and relocation and moving expenses. Now we share the lessons learned from these disasters with parishes and volunteers in the Diocese of Tyler, so that a coordinated, cooperative response may be employed when the next disaster strikes. Services include preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
The network within Catholic Charities USA provides one of the largest systems in the nation for aiding disaster relief. Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler provided $30,000 each to Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Jacksonville and St. Joseph Church in Marshall though a grant made available from Catholic Charities USA. These parishes used the funds to install industrial generators into facilities that will be used to shelter individuals in the event of future disasters.
When a recent tornado devastated East Texas, Catholic Charities-Diocese of Tyler provided relief through the House in a Box Program which provided victims with a collection of new household items from mattresses and linens to kitchen and bathroom supplies, to furnish their home and start rebuilding their lives.