FRIENDSWOOD, Texas – A Friendswood woman volunteering at a local church in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey says she was turned away when they learned she was a Jewish lesbian.
"All I wanted to do was help those less fortunate than myself and not being able to do that because of my lifestyle and because I'm Jewish was just very hurtful," Carmen Hix told Channel 2 News.
Hix is a U.S. Navy veteran who served during Vietnam and retired after Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
She says sitting at home after Harvey hit was not an option.
"I took leave of absence -- I work part-time -- and decided just to do 10 days straight of volunteering," she said.
She volunteered at a food pantry run by Calvary Houston Church.
Every day there was a Christian prayer.
"At the end of the prayer I would say 'shalom' very quietly," Hix said.