Disaster Relief Services
Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. The network within Catholic Charities USA provides one of the largest systems in the nation for aiding disaster relief. Catholic Charities is known for its hard work that begins with direct relief efforts to meet immediate needs and continues with long-term efforts that help individual and families rebuild their lives.
After hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Harvey evacuees poured into East Texas and turned to Catholic Charities for help in the form of financial assistance for necessities such as shelter, clothing, food, medicine, transportation, counseling, relocation and moving expenses. More recently, Catholic Charities assisted with East Texas tornado disasters in Alto, San Augustine, Van, Lindale, Canton, Emory, and more.
Through our disaster relief program we can share the lessons learned from 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 through case management and programs such as House in a Box 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.
Catholic Charities is in East Texas for the life of the community. When a community is impacted by a disaster, every day needs expand from individuals to the entire community.
The network within Catholic Charities USA provides one of the largest systems in the nation for aiding disaster relief.