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Here's How You Can Access Help In Texas During the Winter Storm.



Americans have endured quite a bit lately. Let's recap: a pandemic, economic and educational disparities due to COVID-19, a turbulent transfer of power to a new presidential administration, and now in Texas, a once-in-a-lifetime freeze compounded by inadequacies on energy preparedness and leadership.


So, if you are feeling like you already need a vacation, that's ok. This is no-judgement zone. However, we want to support you, your family, your business, your tenants and those you serve in your communities,

in getting through these volatile times.


In an effort to keep you supplied with information and options to meet the challenges of your family, this is by no means a comprehensive list but is provided by one of our trusted media partners and platforms, The Houston Chronicle. To review the full list, please read the full article HERE. HOMELESS

Houston Area Women’s Center: Shelter and support services for victims of domestic violence. Phone: (713) 528-2121 or visit http://www.hawc.org/

Star of Hope: The Star of Hope homeless shelter welcomes donations of toiletries such as lotion, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and airbrushes, plus diapers (size 0) and pull-up diapers (size 4T and 5T), underwear for men and women (all sizes), towels and washcloths, twin size sheets and blankets. sohmission.org.

MENTAL HEALTH

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call (800) 273-8255 for English or (888) 628-9454 for Spanish.

Crisis Intervention Hotline of Houston: For 24/7 confidential crisis counseling. Call the general line at (832) 416-1177 or (832) 416-1199 for the Teen Talk Hotline. You can also visit crisishotline.org

Mental Health Support Line: This new service helps callers 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call (713) 558-3777.


GENERAL HELP


Rooftop Cinema Club: The drive-in theater is opening 3-8 p.m. on Feb. 18 not with movies, but as a relief station to charge electric devices, grab free snacks and drinks and get a goodie bag of battery-powered string lights and a deck of cards. Guests can use free WiFi and charging stations for up to 45 minutes. The Drive-In off Navigation, 2315 Navigation. For information go to rooftopcinemaclub.com/navigation.


Gallery Furniture: The ever helpful Jim “Mack” McIngvale has opened his Gallery Furniture stores on the North Freeway and Grand Parkway as warming shelters. 6006 North Freeway or 7227 W. Grand Parkway South




FOOD ASSISTANCE


Houston Food Bank: The food bank uses hundreds of volunteers each week in shifts for product sorting and box packing. A spokesperson said that while the facility has been open for distributions all week, they have not used volunteers. The food bank needs nonperishables such as peanut butter, canned proteins, protein bars and other things that don’t require cooking. Register for volunteer work — they’ll need you when the weather warms up — or make a donation www.houstonfoodbank.org or call 713-547-8604.


Fair Haven Food Pantry: This Spring Branch food pantry, a partnership of Chapelwood United Methodist Church and the Houston Food Bank, will be open to the public until 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and again on Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Spring Branch site will be handing out "disaster boxes" with non-perishable food, fresh produce, protein and water. It is also anticipating a delivery of MREs (meals ready-to-eat). Its regular hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For information, go to chapelwood.org/foodpantry. 1330 Gessner



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