HOUSTON – As thousands of people across southeast Texas continue to clean up, several groups are asking for extra volunteers and donations on the northeast side of Houston.
"Basically, we have a distribution center that is here in the back and we're also a shelter," said Dawna Buton, a member of Free Indeed Church International. "We've basically turned the other side of our sanctuary, which is where we have our fellowship hall, into our shelter."
Buton said they've helped out about 1,500 to 2,000 families, but are constantly restocking dry food, nonperishable items, cleaning supplies and toiletries. She said they have received some donations, but are in need of more to help people who live at Crofton Place Apartments and other apartment complexes.
"I believe that a lot of folks aren't necessarily inclined to go into places like Crofton Place. We basically have established a relationship with the outreach that we do on a weekly basis out there," Buton said.
The church's senior pastor, Johnny D. Gentry III, and others passed out warm meals to people in need.
Volunteers say the need for help expands north of the 610 Loop and east of 59, in neighborhoods such as Trinity Gardens, Houston Gardens and Rosewood.
"In 48 hours, it went from a Facebook post that somebody had made; it was a video that showed problems in a community that wasn't receiving any help," said James Phalen, a member of the Northeast Side Houston Flood Relief Group. "Northeast Houston is forgotten. The people here need help. They need people to show up and clean out their houses. They need people to care for their children so they can take care of what they need to do. They need medical attention."
The area is a low-income area and has many senior citizens.
"We lost everything. You can see everything right here in the yard," said Danyae Williams, who lives at Crofton Place Apartments. "We lost a lot of stuff and it's school time. I mean, we're just trying to get everything back together to get back on track."
She said she, her husband and three kids are staying in a hotel thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but they're not sure when they can move back in.
A manager at Crofton Place Apartments said they're working on ripping out carpet and placing people into open units.
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People can join the Northeast Side Flood Relief Group Facebook page.
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