Use your voice to speak for others in our community. You are holding the banner high for children, young mothers, our Hispanic community, families and individuals who need help with the “road bumps of life” and those who suffered losses from recent natural disasters like Hurricane Ike and the Labor Day fires.
Once the hurricane has passed and life begins to get back to normal, people begin to forget that some of their neighbors do not have the resources to repair or replace their homes. After Hurricane Ike, MCUW coordinated a $4.1 million grant for long-term recovery efforts in Montgomery and Liberty Counties through HGAC. The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) targeted home repairs, case management services, and other assistance to local organizations. In addition, MCUW managed over $550,000 in locally raised funds that filled in gaps and leveraged other housing repair and replacement resources.
The final numbers are in! More than 13,000 people received help after Hurricane Ike through MCUW. Local businesses provided the services and products used in the recovery process so that money stayed here to help the local economy. In addition to the $4.65 million MCUW managed, we leveraged over $2.6 million in new homes to county residents. That’s impact!
MCUW’s innovative “Trailer Program” helped this family receive a refurbished trailer. Lives were definitely improved with HGAC funds in Montgomery and Liberty counties.
MCUW’s Information & Referral Specialist
In addition to providing continual updates for the area 211 service, MCUW received almost 1,200 total calls from citizens seeking information on local health and human resources. Over 600 of these callers were seeking assistance with rent or utility payments. Most callers were from Conroe, followed by New Caney, Porter and The Woodlands/Spring area. Over 500 calls were regarding the Labor Day fires from people seeking help for short and long term recovery or wanting to volunteer.
The Living Senior Magazine and the Community Resource Directory were updated. The Community Resource Directory is now available as a searchable document online on the website: www.mcuw.org, click on Get Help. Youth Yellow Page cards were distributed at area junior high and high schools promoting the Youth Yellow Pages online resource for answers to sticky questions that today’s youth face.
$162,595 was distributed to Interfaith, The Mission, The Friendship Center, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance, Montgomery County Food Bank, Montgomery Women’s Center, Montgomery County Youth Services, Tri-County Services and Salvation Army to assist with rent/mortgage, utilities, food and mass shelter in emergency situations during 2011.
(Montgomery County Community Assistance Recovery Efforts and Services)
All disasters are local and that is evident in Montgomery County.
The MCUW co-chairs MCCARES with Interfaith of The Woodlands to ensure disaster recovery efforts continue long after others have forgotten about the disaster. Over the past year, MCCARES’ Unmet Needs Committee distributed the last of the locally raised funds for Hurricane Ike long-term recovery efforts in Montgomery County. During the final portion of recovery efforts, funds completed home repair projects when there was not enough federal funds for the work, assisted families secure new CDBG homes, and purchased needed household items.
The wildfires swept through the greater Magnolia area in southwest Montgomery County and MCCARES Unmet Needs Committee once again distributed funds to help homeowners in Montgomery and Waller County recover after their homes burned down. Over $60,000 was raised to help in the recovery efforts that will continue through 2012. Magnolia area groups that responded to the wildfires were invited to share their experiences and invited to join MCCARES.
In 2011, Montgomery County United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council made some changes to include all women who participated in Giving at the Lone Star Leader level of $1,000.00 or more. Women’s Leadership Council also celebrated the third year of supporting “Young Mother’s Scholarships” that pay for accredited daycare for young moms who want to continue their education after high school.
H.O.P.E. brings experts and expert knowledge to the non-profit and business community who are serving Montgomery County and who are trying to recognize and embrace multi-cultural awareness.
F.R.E.D. Kickoff at the Willis MET Head Start Center
The focus of Success By 6 is to assist families ready their children for success in school by the age of 6. By partnering with Agri-Life Extension Service and their F.R.E.D. (Families Read Every Day) project, families feel that their children are better prepared for school by reading to their children.