WSR is currently providing stipends to three community members who are managing over 200 different addresses in the Lakewood area on a case management basis. We strive to connect these families with the material, medical, and legal resources that are available to Houstonians but can be difficult to navigate or learn about.
We are working to provide as many families as possible with the materials needed to build out at least one bedroom, a bathroom and their kitchen. The majority of the donations we receive are going toward these materials and tools necessary for rebuilds. We also work to secure donated and low-cost materials and access resource banks for appliances and furniture to distribute to homes in need.
WSR regularly engages with the network of recovery programs throughout Houston. Bureaucratic structures of corporate charities and governmental organizations often create an inflexible, inefficient, and ill-informed approach to recovery. To improve relief programming, we relay the stories, needs, and desires of the communities we work with to these organizations. In giving voice to the lived experiences of impacted populations, we strive to inform current and future disaster recovery response for vulnerable communities.
WSR has a vision that the community we are helping recover today, can organize before the next disaster hits. Since our organization was founded, we have worked closely with community members and learned a lot about their views and experiences with the existing institutions, churches, and government agencies. With that in mind, a year and a couple of months later, we’ve had our first two community meetings. A variety of people have participated, (some who bring experience and some new to organizing) and are empowering themselves with as much knowledge and as many tools as possible to begin organizing themselves and creating a working group that best suits them and their evolving goals.