Three weeks after our first disaster aid distribution in Beaumont, we followed up in this town with our 30th and last Hurricane Harvey emergency relief event. About 120 volunteers were on hand, each eager to offer a helping hand. The gratitude of the community was evident: “There’s been too many lives that have been willing to give. And it will take a lot of heart and a lot of prayer to decide what to do with this money.”
Houston resettles an average of 2,500 refugees per year, and each family has a heartbreaking story. Kasim, who lost his leg after stepping on a landmine, and his wife John Be, are refugees from Myanmar. Without our long-term aid, they believe they and their two children would have ended up on the street. Family by family, we are helping refugees overcome virtually insurmountable odds to build a new life in America. READ MORE HERE!
Angel Yen, who grew up and lives in Taiwan, was separated from her mother, Josephine, as an infant. Josephine resides in Houston with a caretaker, and had not seen her daughter in 22 years. With the help of our volunteers in Taiwan and Texas, a meeting was organized. Watching their emotional reunion reveals the life changing impact of our volunteers involvement in some individual care cases. Absolutely heartwarming. Read more about Tzu Chi Houston's charity programs.
We honor the immense work that teachers do to educate our children, and when many were impacted by the floods that devastated parts of Louisiana in 2016, our volunteers were eager to offer their heartfelt aid. As we can see during this distribution in Baton Rouge, the educators and their families were comforted by our help, received during a time of great distress. READ MORE HERE!
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Houston, the most populous city in Texas, has a history of digging deep and aiming for the stars, giving birth to the U.S. oil industry, and launching Apollo 11 to land the first men on the moon, uniting humanity in universal kinship. It’s a fitting home for Tzu Chi’s Southern Region Chapter, which began here in 1991: Our volunteers are fueled by endless reserves of love as they reach far and wide to personally offer relief and charity to those in need.
We are at the ready to bring disaster relief where needed. Our first mission launched after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. We brought aid and our love and care after Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005; and answered the cry for help of those affected by the devastating Louisiana flood in 2016. We feel the suffering of those in distress as our own, and rush to bring relief.
We assist refugees newly resettled in the Texas communities we serve, helping them adapt to a new way of life, and overcome the cultural and linguistic barriers they face. From financial assistance for rent and utilities initially, to charity aid and ongoing regular home visits, our personal care supports these families as they cope with an onslaught of change.
We reach out in our communities to offer a variety of charity programs for the underprivileged, our volunteers serving those in need with love and personal care. We provide school supplies and weekend food-packs for students from low-income families, have regular winter distributions and food bank services for the homeless, offer free medical outreach, and run a preschool.
Offices in the Southern Region(8)