December 11th, 2017

Recovery Houston: A Grassroots Effort

Hurricane Harvey was the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding primarily in the Houston Metropolitan area.

Houstonians got to work instantly, not only rescuing neighbors and complete strangers (with the help of people from all over the country that came to help), but also mucking all the houses. People banned together to get it done quickly and that’s why the city was able to begin the rebuilding process so early on. Any debris removal or demolition that needed to be done has already been completed.

However, the people that were affected are still in the rebuilding phase, which could take some time. There are also still people that are living out of hotels or in their cars. As far as infrastructure, most of the important buildings or landmarks were not greatly affected. The Wortham & Alley Theatres were hit hard and are still undergoing remodeling. In fact, the Houston Grand Opera is now having to perform out of the George R. Brown Convention Center (the same location of the shelter during the storm).

Now, only months later, Houston is open and in need of business which will only help to rebuild and help bring operations back to normal!

Recovery Houston is a grassroots effort, started by our friends in the event industry to help families with their homes. It was started almost overnight, headquartering out of one of the vendor’s offices. To this day they have worked on over 200+ homes, helping between 400-600 people and they are still going strong.

    Recovery Houston has been taking furniture donations and have a hotel in DC going through a remodel that has stepped up to donate some items, but it will cost approximately $2300 per semi to get it to Houston + storage costs. Furniture donations are always welcome too!

    Donate here:

    • Nail sponsor- $100
    • Hammer sponsor - $250 
    • Sheet rock sponsor- $500
    • Rebuild a living room - $1,000
    • Rebuild a kids room - $2,000
    • Rebuild kitchen - $3,000
    • Master bedroom - $5,000
    • Rebuild a House - $10,000