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Photo by Ana Khan Garden Oaks event planner Kat Creech (left), who turned from wedding planner to recovery effort planner, works in a house with Salem Samad (front) and Harees Samad (back). Creech, along with Kim Comer and Jason Fajkus, have started a grassroots effort called Recovery Houston to help those most in need.
Wedding party turns into mission of recovery By Betsy Denson For The Leader The Sunday before Labor Day was supposed to be the wedding day of Sugar Land couple Sarah Samad and Mohsin Karedia and the conclusion of three days of fun with family and friends. Garden Oaks event planner Kat Creech was enlisted to help them with their celebration. Of course, Hurricane Harvey had something to say about that â€“ but he didnâ€™t get the last word. The wedding postponed until November, the couple and Creech had another idea â€“ a recovery initiative in honor of the deferred nuptials. Creech, who volunteered at the George R. Brown Convention center and had gotten a firsthand look at the vast needs of flood victims, floated the idea of matching volunteers with families in need of help with their home repair and demolition work to several relief organizations at the center. â€œI realized there were a lot of hearts and hands but not enough resources and structure for what I wanted to do,â€? said Creech. â€œThe work of tearing out drywall and insulation and getting contaminated items out of the homes needs to be done quickly because people are staying there.â€? Through networking, Creech linked up with Kim Comer, a retiree with a large network of contacts and a passion for service and Jason
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â€˘ Mangum Manor Wagon Convoy helps deliver supplies to hard-working homeowners. PAGE 6A Photo by Ana Khan Mohsin Karedia (right) was supposed to get married last Sunday. Instead, he and members of his wedding party such as Sajid Suleman (left) turned the Labor Day weekend into a time of service.
Fajkus, a sales manager GTX Productions in Garden Oaks who had been in the field cleaning houses with friends and offered to share his office space because he wanted to grow the recovery efforts. Together the three formed Recovery Houston, an initiative to give volunteers an opportunity to come together to create a movement of helping others. Recovery Houston got a Face-
book group together on Thursday night and word started circulating. On Friday, four teams assembled at 398 Garden Oaks Blvd â€“ otherwise known as command central â€“ and completed work on six houses. Supplies and money started coming in. On Saturday, nine teams completed work on 35 homes. On Sunday, 12 teams completed work See Recovery P. 5A
â€˘ Leather Apron Foundation switches gears from Back to School operation to helping families recover. PAGE 5A â€˘ American Legion feeds more than just veterans in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. PAGE 5A â€˘ Area high schools put aside any concerns about sports, schoolwork and get to work helping residents. PAGE 5A â€˘ If youâ€™re piling debris in your front yard, the city has very specific piles for each type of gargabe. PAGE 6A
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Memorial Hermann deserved outpouring of support
hen you describe the aftermath of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, you have to be careful with your adjectives. Let’s face it, hundreds of thousands of people would be hardpressed to say there was anything “wonderful” about this storm. With that, and at the risk of offending those whose lives and homes and possessions have been shattered, I do want to share one of the wonderful stories to arise from the filthy waters that trampled our community. To tell this story accurately, let me take you back a few years to a series of meetings I had with some of the leadership of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. If you’re a Houstonian and you think of the Memorial Hermann brand, you wouldn’t be mistaken if you immediately thought of a behemoth medical organization that serves thousands upon thousands of patients across this enormous metroplex. The hospital’s name is associated with professional sports teams of the city, their billboards dot every major interstate and their high-quality advertising campaigns give the impressions that they are bigger than any one community they serve. And that’s what made my meetings with the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights team so surprising a few years ago. We sat around tables – sometimes in a conference room, other times over lunch – and talked about the way our local hospital
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was perceived in the community. I was given incredible insight into the struggles they had running what, at the time, was called Memorial Hermann Northwest. In the past five years, you’ve seen big changes at this hospital. You’ve seen a $10 million renovation of the emergency room. The name – after months of meeting with focus groups – has been changed to better reflect the community it serves. Literally, this hospital has been turned inside-out because what was once the front door is now the back. On top of structural changes, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights has made a huge investment in this community. I don’t mind telling you that they are loyal supporters of The Leader, hopefully because they believe in us as one of the leading providers of community information. But the advertising dollars they spend with us are peanuts compared to what they’ve invested in our neighborhoods. They support our Chamber of Commerce, neighborhood associations and virtually every event that takes place on our
streets – think White Linen Night. The strategy of the hospital’s CEO, Susan Jadlowski, has been to do everything possible to earn the trust of the families who call this area home. And I don’t think it’s unfair for me to say they’ve struggled to earn the loyalty of the community they’ve been so loyal to over the years, including the years the hospital lost plenty of money serving patients who couldn’t afford care. Maybe that’s why, during a phone call with Jadlowski earlier this week, she had to pause for a few minutes and fight away tears when she told me the story of what happened at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights as Hurricane Harvey crashed down on this city. Ideally, this story would have been told a week ago, but for the staff at the hospital, there was no time for media interviews. Not when there were patients entering the emergency room who had been stranded in cold, grimy water for 24 hours. Not when a person entered the ER, victim of an electrocution. Not when dozens of people came wandering up to the hospital doors begging for dialysis because their usual shopping-strip center had been flooded. “The ER looked like a MASH Unit,” said Jadlowski, who ascended from a registered nurse to the CEO of her own hospital. “This was unlike anything I’ve ever been involved with. It was extremely stressful, the number of patients who came here. It was more than we have ever
Not just singing Dixie – anymore THE CURB – “Taxi! I say, taxi!” I look out the front window to see who’s yelling. Good grief, it’s my new neighbor, Ulysses S. Sherman, just moved here from New York City, trying to hail a cab. I walk out to greet him. “Hi, Mr. Sherman, like I told you maybe five times before, it’s hard to hail a taxi in Running Rats Acres. They don’t cruise the streets here looking to pick up a passenger. It’s not like Manhattan.” He stops waving his copy of The New York Times in the air and starts fanning himself with it. “You’re telling me, Billy Bob. Can’t find a cab, or a subway, or a decent deli. Oh, to be back among the 24-hour sirens and honkings, the bus fumes, the one-finger salutes and the surly waiters. Have you tried to find a radio station here that doesn’t feature some semi-literate knuckle-dragger moaning about trains, pickup trucks and a lost love? Fughetaboutit. Then there’s your weather. The heat, the humidity, the moss growing between my toes. And there’s the drums. All night the drums.” “I’ll give you our awful summer weather, Mister Sherman, but I lived in New York for seven years, I think of them as seven winters, and I’ll take an August afternoon in Houston or Dallas over a New York January morning any time. But I’m not sure about the drums.” My neighbor looks at his watch. “Still no cabs. I should buy a car, but I can’t drive. By the way, Jerry Joe, what’s all this fuss about your Confederate statues and moving them, destroying them or melting them down for bullets to fight the Comanches? We don’t have that trouble in a much more sophisticated New York. Of course, we don’t have very many Confederate statues, either. But they’ve been around for at least a hundred years, so what’s the big fuss now?” “It’s what Douglas Brinkley, a noted author and prof of history at Rice University, says of this and other such movements, ‘They are allowed a twenty-first century moment.’ I think he means we are judging our forefathers by today’s standards. This raises an interesting point: many of these Southern monuments, tablets and such were put up in the late 1800s and early 1900s by veterans and their offspring. At that time there were plenty of Union veterans, widows and orphans around, and I can’t find any opposition from them at that time. I’d think they would have a leading right to protest. Yankees put their statues and their former opponents put up theirs, and it was no big deal. Now the antimonument movement has received a huge push when that idiot, Dylann Roof, shot all those black women during a Bible study course, of all things, in a Charleston, South Carolina, church. The cops found photos of him holding the Stars and Bars, aka, the
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Confederate battle flag. Then there are those other cretins at Charlottesville, North Carolina, waving that flag, and those swastikas. As an aside, I wonder how many Southern boys died fighting against the Nazis. No one seems to mention that.” I continue my class in monumental history. “So we now have a series of movements to take down statues and anything else to do with the Confederacy. UT students got into the act and removed statues of several Confederate leaders, while neatly overlooking anything dealing with George Littlefield, who gave more money than any other single individual to the university, including funds for the fountain and Littlefield Dorm. Years before, he was a member of Company I, Eighth Texas Cavalry, Confederate States Army. I guess they don’t plan on returning the money.” He keeps fanning himself. “I just love missionary work to the savages, Tommy Fred, so I’ll try again. They were slave-owning traitors to their established government, trying to start a new country, just like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. No, wait. Bad comparison, Jimmy Jimmy. I know why, they spoke funny. Had that southern drawl, yes, that’s it. You people should follow our example and field more good presidential candidates, like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, either one an excellent choice. Note that those two had their election night parties in Manhattan, just blocks apart. They could have partied anywhere in flyover country, even Texas, God help us, but they chose NYC. Anyway, why do you Rebs keep fighting a war that’s been over for a century and a half, or whatever?” “Mister Sherman, a lot of you newcomers from elsewhere don’t remember that, in the words of British historian Alistair Cooke, “the South was not only defeated, it was destroyed.” In 1866 you could walk the streets of New York or Boston or Chicago and not even know there had been a Civil War. Walk through Richmond, Atlanta or Vicksburg and you wouldn’t be sure you were in Richmond, Atlanta or Vicksburg. After the war, the South was not like the North. Here in Texas, the state sent more than 70,000 troops to the Confederate Army, percentagewise the highest of any state, north or south, and a goodly number never came back. So in their name or honor or whatever, the survivors and next-of-kin put up these
monuments. It’s something new arrivals don’t understand. But Yankee, you’re on our turf now, so stop trying to import your own way of life. As we like to say, fughetaboutit. By the way, just why are you here?” “J. Bobby, I’m a former hedge fund manager, now under the Federal Witness Protection Program, but I got a job here. We found good public schools, my kids can go to UT, A&M or UH for a fraction of what the schools up East cost, better weather, nice people. You said you’ve lived in New York, and you have to ask that question? Well, I guess I’d better go inside and call a cab. Y’all be good now, ya heah?” Ashby enlisted at ashby2@ comcast.net
seen.” With an emergency room full of soggy patients, the staff of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights responded in full force. Jadlowski said some employees stayed in hotels close to work so they could make it in. Doctors in different parts of the city sat on the phone with long-time employees who helped them map a safe route to the hospital. Two registered nurses were flown to this hospital from Amarillo, just to provide needed support. Another nurse flew in from Washington, D.C. “This was an overwhelming experience,” Jadlowski said. “Doctors came and stayed for days. We had every single specialty here. We don’t even really do dialysis here, and we were able to see every, single patient.” The hospital also used its newly renovated Labor and Delivery unit. “We had an overwhelming number of babies born. There were seven, or eight or nine labors [happening] at the same time during the storm,” Jadlowski said. If you’ve ever seen a hospital depicted during a disaster on TV, it’s probably safe to multiply that by 10. That was the scene at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, and you can only imagine how difficult the work was on the employees, Jadlowski included, who maybe slept three or four hours a night. And that’s where this story turns wonderful. As more and more patients filled
the rooms and halls of the hospital, employees, doctors and nurses found themselves sleeping on tile floors, just to muster enough energy to continue saving lives. And there was one employee who took to social media to simply state how nice it would be to have an air mattress. “You know, the average age of a nurse is mid- to late-50s,” Jadlowski said. In other words, it’s hard for them to sleep on hard, tile floors. “This community…” Jadlowski said, the tears swelling through her words. She has to stop herself. “This community. Word got out that we could use an air mattress.” It’s still hard for her to finish the sentence. Within 24 hours, people drove – dangerously at times – through the pouring rain and flooded streets to deliver air mattresses. In all, around 80 air mattresses were delivered to back door of the hospital from total strangers. “I’m telling you, the nurses sat there and cried,” Jadlowski said. “They were so thankful.” Beyond the first responders, no one played a greater role in saving lives in Houston than the men and women who worked four and five days straight at places like Memorial Hermann Greater Heights. And based on this community’s reciprocal support, I’d say the hospital has earned some much-deserved loyalty. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dear Editor: What an article! You hit every point of what is needed to be said and then some. Americans are tired of negative political games both from Democrats and Republicans. What is also needed is in depth investigation reporting on George Soros and his involvement in paid activists who are turning our country into something that is not who we are. What is his problem? Why is he financing this? I believe he hurt his country financially. If he is the big money source behind backing this constant upheaval, he does not need to stay in the background and continue his control no matter how rich he is. He needs exposed. After Harvey’s good example, people need to regularly stand up and speak out against every diversion and control obstacle that is being put out and planned to divide our country. I just wanted to send you a comment and not be published. A neighborhood paper can enlighten even a smaller readership than the big ones and truth can grow. As you so aptly put it, “The way they are portraying America is not who we are!”. Thank you again. Jeanne Miller
Dear Editor: Great article and it is right on the button. Contrast the attitude of Houstonians versus those in New Orleans during Katrina, who could only whine and cry and castigate the Federal Government for not helping them, when their own politicians ran for cover. It is great to be a Texan and Houstonian because the “can-do” attitude resonates among us all. Jeff Przybyla
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Dear Editor: What are you even talking about in this post? Your sarcasm is as bad as the boy that cried wolf and the weather man that never gets it right. To even mention that coastguard would call someone a Klansman is just useless babble and a typical writer’s ploy to get attention from your lonely corner of page 7. As this event is bringing out the best in most people who actually are victims acting like heroes, it is just too much for you I guess so you default to making something negative out of it proving you are no different than the “Dan Rathers” you ridicule. Cindy Decker
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Recovery from P. 1A on 24 homes and on Monday, 20 teams worked on 28 homes. All in all, more than 300 volunteers have helped nearly 100 homeowners. “I’ve cried more in the last four days than I’ve done in a long time,” said Creech. “It’s amazing how people are lifting each other up. We’ve had couples, individuals, and families volunteer, professional groups, workout groups. We’ve had people drive in from Austin and New Orleans. These neighborhoods we go to are devastated. We take a moment, hug each other, and go to work.” Recovery Houston has served homes in Dickenson, Rosharon, Katy, Humble, Kingwood and Bellaire. Homeowners call or connect online with headquarters, who then works to get a team out to their home. The homeowners and the
workers are strangers at the beginning of the day, and something much more by the end. “My parents flooded twice in my childhood home after I moved out and I know the stress and utter hopelessness one feels when you lose so much,” said Cara Ramelow who has been volunteering with Recovery Houston. “The two homeowners I’ve had the privilege of working for this weekend were elderly and not able bodied with one currently fighting cancer. Neither had friends or family to help. They were extremely grateful to us and felt more helpful by the time we left. I’m so honored to work in their homes and made a point to tell them so.” Fear of being taken advantage of is a concern for some homeowners who are reluctant to ask strangers for help. Creech said that one such fam-
ily, who was reluctant to have them come out, later texted to say it was one of the best decisions they made, as a nurse happened to be on the Recovery Houston team at their house and recognized that a family member needed immediate medical attention at a hospital. “It’s great to have an idea ignite,” said Creech of the effort. Currently, the founders are trying to figure out how to make the organization more sustainable now that many volunteers are being called back to their paying jobs. “I have 40 homes that currently need help,” said Creech. “This is not just going to be a weekend thing. It will take weeks, months.” To be part of the effort, see Recovery Houston on Facebook.
Photo by Ana Khan Kat Creech (middle) shares a moment with Sarah Samad and Mohsin Karedia during the work day.
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Photo contributed Volunteers with The Leather Apron Foundation in front of Covered Bridge Condominiums, where the group aided residents in moving debris out of their units last weekend.
Leather Apron Foundation switches gears after storm By Betsy Denson For The Leader The Leather Apron Foundation, a 501(c) 3 charitable organization serving those in need in Leader area neighborhoods, mobilized quickly after the storm to see where they best could provide service. LAF President Jonathan Kolmetz said that the first set of volunteers arrived on September 1 and 2 and went to work helping residents at the hard hit Covered Bridge Condominiums on Georgi Lane. “Our teams have cleared and supported four units, but our volunteers have worked in and out many, many others,” said Kolmetz. “We have more than 50 individuals that have signed up to volunteer specifically for Harvey recovery. Just yesterday someone told me they were at the Covered Bridge location because of the LAF posting and request for support.” Kolmetz said they are getting volunteers through social media and word of mouth.
He is proud that the organization is able to help those in nearby areas. “The LAF was created to help our friends and neighbors,” he said. “Our mission is to provide direct support to neighbors in need by bringing the community together through hands-on citizenship. Our vision clearly states that ‘the LAF is poised to respond and leverage community resources when burdens arise so that no one neighbor must endure the burden alone.’” The LAF’s assessment is that the community is still in the very early stages of recovery. “Schools are closed, businesses are working to get back open, and folks are just starting to understand what post Harvey will mean for them,” said Kolmetz. “As the popup community shelters close, and the cleaning and clearing out finish, we plan to continue our work. We are assessing partnerships with churches and social service organizations to provide
home and houseware goods or financial support over the next several months.” The LAF has also reached out to businesses to have a LAF Harvey Recovery Week with a percentage of sales going right back into supporting locals in need of disaster relief. Kolmetz would like to recognize Naro Mak at Hartz Krispy Chicken for donating food to LAF’s volunteers and to Brad Broussard, owner of Prince’s Hamburgers on Ella, who Kolmetz says reached out to the LAF to provide financial support even before re-opening his restaurant. The organization was working on the LAF 3-2-1 Go back to school program before Harvey hit. “We are reaching out to the schools to see if we can modify this program to more directly help those families with the most need starting school,” said Kolmetz. To donate or volunteer, visit www.leatherapronfoundation.org.
American Legion feeds hundreds following Harvey By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Amidst the destruction of Harvey, a marathon of human kindness has sprung up from the local American Legion. On the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 29, as the rain from Hurricane Harvey continued to tear through Houston, the commander of American Legion Post 560 in Garden Oaks, Charlie Powers, put out a call for volunteers to help feed evacuees and first responders working through the storm. For four days, 40 veterans lent a hand in the post’s kitchen starting at 7 am and wrapping at 10 each night. Most of the grocery stores in Houston were closed in those dark days, and the few that were open offered little in the way of staples. Shelves were bare. Over the the next days, the veterans manged to serve more than 1,000 pounds of food, much of it donated from the inventories of their own families. It was the famous children’s story, “Stone Soup,” in real life. The Legionnaires put our locals first. They delivered hot meals twice a day to the smaller shelters and churches in the area. There were nearly 200 evacuees in the Community of Faith Church located at 1024 Pinemont Dr. “I took all sorts of photos,” said Commander Powers. “I took shots of us loading trucks, working in the kitchen and so on. I could shoot the legionnaires all day long, but I would not take photos of the
The American Legion Post 560 in Garden Oaks wasn’t just open for veterans during the storm. They saw people “of every possible stripe.”
evacuees themselves. These are people who lost everything, and we decided to allow them their dignity in this unfortunate situation.” Who were the people in the shelters and how were their spirits? “I saw people of every possible stripe, every age, religion, ethnicity, and every income level. They looked like Houston. They were us,” Powers said quietly. “How were their spirits?” he continued. “These are homeless people who are not homeless because they made bad choices, or similar reasons. They are regular Houstonians many of whom have rent or mortgage due but have no homes to go with the financial responsibility. They are very muted. Very quiet. I would have to say, they are in shock,” Powers explained. American Legion Post 560 stepped in early to help, because someone had to. “We filled a gap, a need. We served the smaller places until the larger, helping agencies could step in,” said Powers. “Now, they have.” Smaller shelters and churches are now being served by the bigger agencies that have
sprung up in the sunshine following the storm. However, for four days, Post 560 played a critical role in keeping our traumatized neighbors fed. “It’s not over; we are not done. Now, we are in the rebuilding stage,” Powers continued. “At the post, we accepting donations of gift cards, particularly Home Depot and Lowe’s gift cards. We are working on a tiered system. First, we are taking care of our members and veterans who have damaged homes, then the locals who have suffered the same.“ Powers has taken calls from American Legion Posts from all over the country who have offered help and donations. The legionnaire community remains strong in its support of its Houston brothers and sisters. “It’s a funny thing,” Powers said. At the post, we decided to leave the American flag up through the storm. And just like the National Anthem says, on the first day after the storm, ‘at the dawn’s early light, our flag was still there.’ “That’s Houston, and that’s America,” the veteran concluded with a sparkle in his eye.
Ordinarily, local schools would have spent last weekend opening their 2017 football slate and getting back into the school swing. However, Hurricane Harvey had other plans, calling for a quick shift in the game plan. Among abundant relief efforts mobilizing all around the local area last week were multi-faceted efforts from the St. Thomas High School and St. Pius X High School communities. St. Thomas athletic director Mike Netzel and alumna Tim Redden organized efforts to aid Rockport, where Harvey made devastating landfall barely two weeks ago. “There was a need to place some attention on Rockport and make sure the people were not forgotten in the recovery effort,” Netzel said in a release on the school’s website. “This is a testament to the humanity of our community, that people trust in our school, understand that our heart is for people, and the reach of St. Thomas stretches throughout the city. Incredible that we could make just a dent and I’m so grateful to all those who gave of themselves during one of the worst weeks in Houston history.” Additionally, first-year head football coach Rich McGuire and members of his coaching staff, plus athletic coordinator and head soccer coach Kenny Martin and faculty member Darrell Yarbrough, organized, dispatched and accompanied students on recovery missions. “Shattering…beyond words … truly sad,” McGuire said of the sights according to a release. “You’re literally tearing out someone’s life and putting it out on the curb. Furniture…carpeting…keepsakes… all up and down the block.” In all, dozens of St. Thomas faculty, staff and students chipped in for the effort, beyond what administrators could have imagined given the circumstances all around the city. “Given what this the city has endured this week I wasn’t sure we would have this kind of turnout, this amount of supplies and support, but I’m not surprised. Proud is not near strong enough a description. This is typical of our St.
Thomas community, ready and willing to respond,” Principal Aaron Dominguez said in a release. “I can’t relate the number of contacts that were made to me this week, what could people do, how could they get involved. This is just one example of what it looks like when it comes to fruition.” Closer to home, instead of beginning a hopeful state championship run, several members of the St. Pius X football team suited up for a different team, joining together with the community at large to help their family restore some sanity to their lives. Senior Chase Lane, along with Grant Gunnell, McKade Mettauer and other members of the St. Pius community, spent hours on end at athletic director Jason Kimball’s home (where he needed some work done around the house moving furniture, wood and other various materials out) and at other homes throughout the community. “I knew my people down here in Houston were struggling so much — the whole concept here is that we’re all one family,” said Lane, who was relatively unaffected living in the Woodlands, but rushed Ad # 19106 to heed the call as soon as he
was able. “These people here at St. Pius are my brothers — I’m going to help my brothers out.” Elsewhere, senior lineman Jacob Craig and senior safety Ricky Lester also spent much of the last week (as soon as Harvey’s havoc let up) searching far and wide for any family member in need along with their school brethren. They, along with throngs of other SPX students, spent the week tearing out sheetrock, moving out furniture and more. In the end, they said the effort was simply a practical implementation of the school and community rallying cry. “When there’s a need, everybody comes together and helps out as a community,” Craig said. “One of the most important things you learn by being a part of this St. Pius community is selfless service to each other and helping each other out as best you can.” “It’s just second nature to us — we know we’re a big family, and knew that it needed to be happening,” Lester added. “We sacrifice everything for each other – blood, sweat and tears, on and off the field. It just comes down to the fact that we all love each other.”
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Neighborhood provides food, hugs, help after Harvey By Kim Hogstrom For The Leader Jessi Heiner is a natural born leader. She is the President of the Mangum Manor Civic Club, but more than that, she is a deeply caring community member. When her community took a beating during Hurricane Harvey, the vital young woman put her leadership skills to work and brought much need help, hugs and more to neighbors. Heiner launched the “The Mangum Manor Harvey Relief Wagon Convoy,” a collection of neighbors pulling red wagons who roamed the streets feeding 50 people lunch each day. They also gave away cleaning supplies, plastic containers, trash bags and loaned tools to those who removing flood damage. “The idea came from one of my neighbors who’s home damaged,” stated Heiner. “I asked her how we could help, and she said one difficult thing was meals – she was completely overwhelmed with repairing their home.” Heine is someone who sees a need and fills it. The pilot light was lit. “The next day, I bought 30 tacos and passed them out to neighbors,” she continued.
While many homes in Mangum Manor needed to be stripped of wet sheetrock and furniture, a group of neighbors started a wagon convoy to deliver a brief respite from the hard work. Wagons were filled with supplies and food and handed out to anyone who needed it. (Contributed Photo)
“After seeing their faces, I thought, we could get more people and really bring some relief. And while we’re at it, let’s bring them supplies, drinks, and hugs too.” Heiner posted a request on Facebook to borrow a child’s wagon to help her deliver items. “I had five offers to lend me a wagon within 10 minutes. The Mangum Manor Harvey Relief Wagon Convoy was born!” she stated. Soon after, Heiner posted that she would accept donations to help fund supplies and food for the convoy. “I was in tears after seeing all of the support. In total, I raised $1715! The costs totaled $1842, so I was extremely grateful. I couldn’t have sponsored this alone,” she said. Heiner was quick to pass
credit to teammates. “My friend Melanie Dunlap was right by my side the whole way - purchasing and transporting items, as well as pulling a wagon. I couldn’t have done this without her! “We also owe a big thank you to Erin Slezak and her daughter, miss Hazel, for making many sandwiches. One neighbor, Leann Artingstall, even sponsored 40 box lunches. She ordered them, picked them up, and dropped them off for the convoy to pass out. This was absolutely a team effort,” Heiner stated. And there were others who chipped in with, well, chipped ice, for starters. “While we were running the convoy, Scott Lewis, who organized the snow cone truck, and Christy Stewart led the
brigade of helping neighbors clear out damaged sheetrock and flooring. Because of them, we knew who needed help, and would post on social media,” Heiner said. No one was left untouched by Hurricane Harvey. Some of us suffered tremendous losses. Others, suffered for them. Many are still finding ways to deal with the trauma. Henier found hers. “The devastation of Harvey has been intensely difficult to see,” she stated. “We were trying to lighten the load and bring joy. While the convoy is officially over, our support is not. We will continue checking on our neighbors not only in our small neighborhood, but all over Houston, and we will help rebuild in every way we can,” Heiner said.
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This image, taken by a drone, shows the amount of debris that was piled up outside homes in Mangum Manor. It showed the amount of work that needed to be done after Hurricane Harvey.
Schedule change for waste pickup For The Leader Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas, leaving a trail of destruction in its dust, and now the arduous process has begun for Houstonians as they attempt to rebuild their homes and lives. To accommodate the mountain of debris generated as the result of the storm, the city of Houston’s Waste Management Department will be operating on a modified pickup schedule to ease the burden on weary homeowners. Storm debris will be collected on an ongoing basis throughout the city until further notice, while neighborhood depositories will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. As many residents attempt to restore a sense of normalcy, first they must empty their homes and yards of what cannot be salvaged. In order to streamline the removal process, the city is urging residents to separate their debris into the separate categories listed below: Construction & Demolition Debris • Building materials • Carpet • Drywall • Furniture • Lumber • Mattresses • Plumbing
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The trips made around Mangum Manor by the neighborhood’s wagon convoy wasn’t just about handing out supplies. It was also about lending emotional support during the storms devastation.
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Further, residents are asked to not lean or stack collected debris against any tree, pole or other standing structure, as doing so makes removal more difficult for collectors. In the absence of a sidewalk, ditch or utility line in front of the house, residents may place debris at the edge of their property before the curb.
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HARVEY RELIEF CONCERT Matchbox 4 Support Harvey relief efforts by attending a concert presented by Apollo Chamber Players, Musiqa Houston, and Jazz Forever. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Harvey Relief Funds via Greater Houston Community Foundation and Catholic Charities Houston. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Matchbox 4 is located at 3400 Main St. Call 713521-4533 or visit matchouston. org to purchase tickets.
Robert Landau, National Motivational Speaker and Certified Life Coach, will discuss positive strategies for coping with life’s little bumps and how to prepare for new beginnings. The presentation will be from 10-11 a.m. Sept. 9, at Belmont Village Senior Living, 7667 Woodway. Continental breakfast and mimosas will be served. Information: 713-7811505.
AARP MONTHLY MEETING AARP Chapter 1265 The monthly meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 11, in the community room at 1520 Candlelight Ln. The special guest is Marion Schoefield, coordinator for Harris County Health Ombudsman Volunteer Program. The meeting is open to anyone 50 or older, and will be preceded by a meet-and-greet at 9:30 a.m. Georgia Lewis is president. Information: 713-681-1133.
FOURTH ANNUAL SPEAKER SERIES Houston Assembly of Delphians Houston area Delphians present the first of four Distinguished Speakers scheduled for the 2017-2018 season. Dr. Abdel Takriti, inaugural Arab-American Educational Chair in Modern Arab History at the University of Houston, will share “The Birth of the Modern Middle East, and the Future of Arab-American Relations.” The event will be 5 p.m. Sept. 23, at the West University Community Center, 6104 Auden St. Information: 713-773-4380.
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From the Pews. Baby donations collected by First Church Heights First Church Heights, 201 E. 9th St., is collecting baby donations to distribute all over the state, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Needed are baby diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, bottles, and cleaning supplies. Call 713-861-3102 or visit www.fbcheights.org for information. Marriage vow renewal service at Advent Lutheran Does it seem like a lifetime ago since you said your “I Dos”? Then join us at Advent Lutheran Church, 5820 Pinemont Dr. at any of our three Sunday worship services, 8 a.m., 10:20 a.m. or 11:10 a.m. on Sept. 10, for a special marriage vow renewal service. Call 713-686-8201 for information. Wandering Home worship series at St. Stephen’s Wandering Home, a new fall worship series about the journey of God’s people in the book of Exodus, has be-
gun Sundays during the 8:30 a.m. praise celebration and the 11 a.m. traditional service. A new Bible study led by Senior Pastor, Rev. Nathan Lonsdale Bledsoe, has also begun Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. in Room 101. All are welcome to attend “Wednesday Nights” at St. Stephen’s. Bring dinner for the family and enjoy fellowship from 5-6:30 p.m. Paper goods and beverages will be provided. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Nathan will lead a Bible study and Rev. Lindsay Smith, Music and Worship Pastor, will lead the children’s choir practice. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is located at 2003 W. 43rd St. For information, call 713-686-8241 or visit www.stsumc.org and the church’s Facebook page. Senior Recognition Day at Greater First Baptist A Community Senior Recognition Day will be held at Greater First Baptist Church (W.E. Gibbs Educational Building), 4441 Haygood St. Featured are guest speakers Dainter Dietz, Senior Advocate for Medicare/Medicaid; Natilea Henderson of Blue Cross
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The 10th Annual AIM for the Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run 5K will be held at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mays Clinic - 1180 Pressler St., Sept. 23. Registration/sign-in is 6 p.m., The Check Points perform at 6:30 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony, and 8 p.m. is the walk/run. There will be education and awareness information, sunscreen application demonstrations, massages, food vendors and children’s activities. Register online at: www:AIMatMelanoma. org by Sept. 1 to receive a free t-shirt. Wear anything that glows since this is an evening event. Information: aimforthecure@ mdanderson.org, 713-745-1804. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP Memorial Hermann Greater Heights When you lose someone you love, you are left to pick up the pieces and try your best to go on. Having a strong support system can help you on your grief journey and be an important part of building a strong support system. Classes will be held Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m.-12:30
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10th St. Kids Rock Cycle for Safety at Mt. Ararat Baptist Join Mt. Ararat Baptist at 5801 W. Montgomery Rd., for a free kids skills and safety festival. Children can learn how to ride a bike safely, start and stop properly, avoiding hazards, yielding, ride an obstacle course and more. Four bikes will be awarded. All donations for food or bikes are accepted. The festival will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 9. Call 713-692-9954 for information.
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is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, James “Jim” Clifford Jenkins, daughters Carrie Chow, Julie Rankin and Tracey Gergen, son Chris Jenkins, six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. Memorial contributions may be made to The Houston SPCA. Charles Miller McKim Jr., 96, born Dec. 18, 1920, died Aug. 26. Memorial contributions may be made to: University of Houston, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, 4200 Elgin St. Room 122, Houston, Texas 77024. Lula M. Mitchell, 90, born Sept. 27, 1926, died Aug. 26. Survivors include her children Janis, Robin and Kathy.
Pete Moszkowicz, 89, born April 25, 1928 in Chappell Hill, Texas, died Aug. 25. He was a longtime faithful member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. He is survived by his children Lillian Krolczyk, Doris Budnick, Charles Moszkowicz, Donald Moszkowicz, brother Albin Moszkowicz, six grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. Milton Raymond Sobotik, 81, born Aug. 29, 1935 in Frenstat, Texas, died Aug. 22. Sobotik is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Rose Marie, sons Don, Darrell, and Doug, sister Marie Keys, and seven grandchildren.
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The sixth virtue mentioned by St. Paul as a fruit of the spirit is goodness, a translation of the Greek work “agathosune,” derived from agathos, meaning good. (Galatians 5:22) This type of goodness is perhaps best expressed by the notion of being virtuous or doing good to, and for others. We exemplify this virtue when we help someone across the street or donate money to a charity. But of course, we also manifest goodness in our daily interactions with others, such as when we speak kindly to people and try our best to help them. A person who tries to be good in every aspect of their life is following the path of virtue and is truly a child of God. We rightly think of God as someone who is good all the time, unlike His children, who struggle mightily with a variety of temptations. And, this goodness or virtue, or goodwill, is really the only thing that is unconditionally good. Every other virtue, if combined with a bad will, becomes bad. Intelligence is good, but if used by someone with bad intentions, it becomes depraved. Likewise, wealth can be a good thing if used for good ends, but, when used by someone with evil intent, wealth becomes a means of advancing evil. Only goodness, or a good will, is good in and of itself.
Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. R.S.V. Ephesians 5:8-10
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How to help animals after Hurricane Harvey
Dear Tabby, We’ve been devastated by the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. We’re huge animal lovers and would love to find ways to help the animal shelters and rescue groups in our area to recover from the storm. How can we help? Helping Animals in The Heights
Dear Helping Animals, There’s no doubt about it, Houston took a punch to the gut from Hurricane Harvey. For all of the human devastation that we witnessed, countless animals were affected by the storm as well. So, if you’re ready to help, here are few ways to make a difference in the lives of animals in the path of the storm: • Support your animal shelters: Local shelters took in thousands of animals in the wake of Harvey. They’re desperate for supplies and, most of all, foster homes during this time. You can also get on Amazon and look for wishlists that shelters have created and order supplies to be shipped directly to them. • Many rescue groups op-
erate on a foster-only basis, meaning that they have no brick and mortar “shelters” for their animals. Many of these foster homes were flooded during the storm. Contact one near you and see if they need help--they most certainly do. • Help the animals who evacuated with their owners. Many people did well just to get out of their flooded homes safely. Many might have forgotten the pets’ supplies. Consider checking with the area shelters to see if they need pet food, leashes, collars and bowls. • Many shelters and rescue groups have been actively transporting pets to safer areas. Volunteer to drive some pets to a safer location.
We’re seen our community absolutely stand together during this disaster and the out-pouring of love and care that has been shown to our pets is unfathomable. While much help is needed immediately, these needs are certain to persist as recovery efforts evolve. Below is a list of area animals shelters and groups to contact if you would like to help: K-9 Angels: www.k-9angelsrescue.org Scout’s Honor: www.scoutshonor.org BARC: www.houstontx. gov/barc/ Save A Cat Rescue: www. saveacatrescue.org CAP: www.cap4pets.org Animal Justice League:
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