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Katy Network Receives Seed Money from Local Churches

Houston Responds' latest success story is unfolding in Katy. “The only exciting thing about Hurricane Harvey at this point is that churches of all denominations are collaborating to help people navigate their new normal,” says Joel Davidson, one of the key volunteers helping lay the groundwork to officially form a Houston Responds-Katy Network. In late May, leaders Joel and Tom Pretti presented an indepth post-hurricane needs analysis and organizational strategy to local church and mission leaders interested in supporting this ecumenical effort. Caroline Egan, Director Ft. Bend County office of Emergency Management, provided additional data and enthusiastically endorsed the creation of a Houston Responds’ Katy Network. Some 10 churches have already committed funds that will be used to hire case managers and begin construction on homes (across seven zip codes) that have stalled, or not even started, in their hurricane recovery process. According to Tom, the network expects to have …

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