The Colleges extend their support to alums and HWS families of southern Texas and the Gulf region in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. “Please know we are thinking of you and your community and hoping that better days are coming soon,” wrote Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Alumnae Relations Kathy Killius Regan ’82, P’19 and Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations Jared Weeden ’91 to those in Texas. “On behalf of all of us here on campus, we send our thoughts and best wishes to you and your families.”
Of the many ways to assist those impacted, one includes supporting the work of David Hernandez ‘81, senior director of campus operations at Haven for Hope, a San Antonio homeless shelter currently housing 1,500 people. Haven for Hope is distributing resources like hygiene kits and blankets to various temporary shelters to aid evacuees, many of whom are displaced for the foreseeable future.
“There is a great deal of trepidation at the realization that they will not be able to return to their homes, jobs and schools for quite some time,” writes Hernandez. “We are committed to using any and all of our resources to ensure that we are helping support the many temporary emergency shelters serving the evacuees who have come to San Antonio.”
Those wishing to support Hernandez’s efforts may contribute to Haven for Hope on their website, where a list of needed items is available. Donated items may be mailed to: Haven for Hope Donations Center, 1 Haven for Hope Way, San Antonio, TX 78207.
“We are steadfast in our commitment to helping our fellow Texans in their great time of need and welcome any support from our friends at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” Hernandez says.
Courtney Apple ’08 and William Glaab ’06 are also supporting relief efforts with their company Hand in Hand Soap, which will donate 25 percent of proceeds between Sept. 5 and Sept. 8 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with the check-out code: “HOUSTON.”
On campus, William Smith Athletics is hosting a clothing drive and will collect items during games next week. Donations will be shipped to organizations in the Houston area on Sept. 11. Hobart Athletics also is collecting clothing, shoes and supplies that will be dispersed to local communities by University of Houston Athletics.
Additional information on the Colleges’ efforts is available through HWS Responds, which began in 2005 in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and continued with efforts to assist people impacted by natural disasters across the globe. HWS Responds will continue to contribute to relief efforts and find new ways to assist overlooked areas in Texas following the recent devastation.
The Colleges have also received word from other alums in the area sharing news of their safety. If you have been impacted by the hurricane, please contacting Alumni House or share news on the HWS Facebook class pages.