As people in the Kingwood community continued to come together to help each other in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, on Wednesday, Aug. 30 there were a number of businesses in the front of Kingwood with open doors willing to help the community.
Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) opened its doors on Thursday, Aug. 31 to help regular clients as well as those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Millie Garrison, executive director, said the charity has seen a steady number of people come in seeking assistance, and that lines had begun to form by noon. They will also host a hot food lunch to meet the needs of the community.
“We have people that are just trying to get home, and we have the processes and resources to help them do so. Several of these people had been evacuated and were in shelters such as the Humble Civic Center which is now closing,” she said.
Kingwood High School and the Instructional Support Center (ISC) are the two most damaged buildings in Humble ISD, said Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.
Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston Aug. 25, dumping three to four feet of water in the region and sparking an enormous flood which overwhelmed these two buildings, the closest of all the schools to the San Jacinto River.
Braden Hassel's parents went back and forth about buying him a johnboat for his birthday. Their son loves to fish, but like most parents, they deliberated over the expense, whether he was too young, and whether he would use the boat often enough.
Ultimately, they decided to do it and surprised him with the new boat as his gift.
St. Martha Catholic Church on Woodland Hills Drive in Kingwood ended up as a makeshift shelter for about 100 people last Tuesday night, Aug. 29. Tom Gallagher, the grand knight for the Knights of Columbus, coordinated the effort.
"We actually were not even supposed to be a shelter but residents of the local Arbor Terrace retirement community really needed us," he said.