Bayou City Relief began in September 2017 after Hurricane Harvey delivered 51 inches of rain on Houston in about 48 hours, flooding approximately 400,000 homes. Our desire is to serve our city in Jesus name through this catastrophic event and help Houston get back home.
ABOUT KASHMERE GARDENS/5TH WARD
The geographic focus for Bayou City rebuild efforts is on one of the most underserved communities in our city. Kashmere Gardens is about 10 minutes northeast of downtown and sits in the 100-year flood plain. It's estimated that 60% of the more than 30,000 residents were flooded during Harvey. This has been devastating for this community, most of whom live below the poverty line. Bayou City Relief is bringing teams to this community and partnering with local community development organizations to help these families return to their homes.
If you live in Kashmere Gardens or 5th Ward and were impacted by Harvey, contact us using the button below.
HOUSTON VOLUNTEERSIf you live in Houston, consider one of these roles:
Serve Saturday Team
Volunteer teams will be mobilized to complete work projects in the homes in Kashmere Gardens every second and third Saturday of the month. You do not have to come every week, just when you are able. You do not need to have any construction experience, just a willingness to learn.
Weekday Serve Crew
You will be working in the homes on rebuild projects. Home assessments will be made prior so that you can show up and be trained to complete a specific task. Jobs will range based on experience, skill and available training. These are weekday projects so any amount of weekday availability is acceptable. Skilled experience is preferable but any experience is welcome if you are willing to work hard.
Commit to praying for the needs and hurts of the community as we work to bring restoration both to the homes and to the lives of people we encounter. There is hurt and brokenness in any community and in any ministry, and we want to be on the forefront of bringing these things to Jesus. You will not be required to visit and pray in person, but there will be opportunities for you to do this if you would like. When we complete a rebuild, you will be invited to be there and pray over the home dedication.
Walk alongside a homeowner as their house is rebuilt from start to finish. You will be the main communicator and prayer support for this family. Visit with them in person once a week and communicate with them over the phone between visits. Membership at Bayou City Fellowship is a prerequisite for this role. We need great communicators, excellent listeners and big hearts.
Teams of volunteers from outside Houston have been instrumental in our rebuilding efforts. In this phase, teams should be adults and led by someone with construction experience. We are focused primarily on installing sheetrock, insulation, tape, float and painting. There is need for flooring and cabinet work if you have a more specialized team.
We are able to accommodate 50 people each week maximum. Some overnight lodging is available for teams at Bayou City's Cypress campus. Send Relief, our ministry partner, will be facilitating all volunteer team registration and coordination.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
All funds from donations to the Harvey Relief Fund will go directly to support the victims of Harvey. Bayou City is using it's own outreach budget to support all the overhead costs associated with Harvey Relief so that all donations will go directly to relief efforts in support of the victims.
From our beginning, we’ve been committed to using the resources God provides to serve the city and world. We give at least 20% of our church budget each year to outreach and mobilization efforts. This allows us to provide financial support in situations like this directly from our own budget. Find out more at bayoucityfellowship.com.