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.
1.0 Rescue Phase:
Bayou City marshaled boats, jet skis and volunteers to help 120 friends and neighbors flee their flooding homes.
2.0 Relief Phase:
Initially with about 1200 Bayou City volunteers and later with North American Mission Board's Send Relief, we mucked out about 800 homes.
3.0 Rebuild Phase:
Generous donations and teams of volunteers have come from around the country to support our efforts to rebuild homes for the most vulnerable.
KASHMERE GARDENS/5TH WARD
The geographic focus for Bayou City rebuild efforts is on one of the most vulnerable 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. The average income in Kashmere is $22,000 and unemployment is estimated to be as high as 55%. 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.
BAYOU CITY VOLUNTEER
BAYOU CITY HOUSTON VOLUNTEERSIf you live in Houston and attend Bayou City, consider one of these roles:
2nd Saturdays Service Team - Spring Branch Campus
Paint, Tape & Float, Sheetrock, etc. on one day each month on 2nd Saturday
3rd Saturdays Service Team - Cypress Campus
Paint, Tape & Float, Sheetrock, etc. on one day each month on 3rd Saturday
Construction Team Assessors
Evaluate homes for rebuild needs. This includes inspections, measurements and materials estimates. This will require a few hours weekly in Kashmere Gardens.
After Care Team
After impacted people are back in homes, follow-up for prayer and other support. This is home-based phone calls for a few hours each week.
This is the primary contact and support person for each Kashmere family helping direct the process to get them back in their home. This role is minimum ten hours each week, some of which is in Kashmere Gardens.
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 150 people each week maximum. Some overnight lodging is available for teams at Bayou City's Cypress campus. Food must be arranged separately and is not available on-site.Contact Us for information and reservations for incoming volunteer teams.
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.
Let us know if you have questions about Bayou City Relief efforts or options for volunteering.