VM support for Texas Hurricane Victims
- An estimated 20 trillion gallons of rain fell in Houston during Harvey. This is enough water to supply New York City for five decades.
- There are currently 42,000 people living in shelters following Hurricane Harvey.
- A force of 350 VMs have been mobilized in response to Hurricane Harvey.
Over the past week since Hurricane Harvey hit Southern Texas, Volunteer Ministers supported by an IAS grant have mobilized to bring help to the people affected by this disaster.
There are now more than 350 Volunteer Ministers from across the US lending their shoulder to the relief efforts.
Among the first on the scene was a team of Los Topos and VMs who traveled to the town of Rockport. This was one of the hardest hit areas, where Harvey first made landfall with 130mph winds, which destroyed buildings and left thousands without shelter.
The team brought with them much needed personal hygiene kits and other supplies. They began to provide assistance to local first-responders, helping put order into their immediate environment so they could in turn help others.
Another VM team arrived at the Houston Convention Center, the largest shelter in the city, housing some 5,000 individuals who were forced from their homes. Arriving at 9pm, the VMs worked through the night, passing out food, bedsheets and organizing the service lines to assist those now living in the center.
As VMs in Houston and surrounding areas continued to bring help in the disaster zone, others prepared new loads of supplies and equipment.
In Dallas, a team of VMs and local volunteers packaged more than 5,000 personal hygiene kits. Another VM flew a planeload of supplies from Florida to Texas. Arriving in Houston, the plane was met by local VMs who then trucked the supplies to a nearby shelter for immediate distribution. Additionally, a VM drove an 18-wheeler from Tennessee to Texas full of supplies.
In just these first days, Volunteer Ministers have helped close to 6,000 people affected in Texas.
The next caravan of supplies has already departed to Houston with 7,800 personal hygiene kits, 3,000 baby carriers, and 500 cases of water.
The continued Volunteer Minister disaster relief is made possible through your support of the IAS.
If you would like to help as a Volunteer Minister, please contact the International Scientology Headquarters in Los Angeles at: