This press release was sent to me by Karen Walsh, the Director of Development for USCRI. We also have known each other since college.
USCRI Joins YMCA of Houston in Helping Displaced Americans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For further information contact:
Nicole Wilett, USCRI Press Officer, (202) 347-3507
Trazanna Moreno, YMCA of Greater Houston Dir, of Communications, (713) 758-9114
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 1, 2005 – In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) joins with partner agency YMCA International Services of Greater Houston in offering assistance to the many displaced persons arriving in Texas from across the Gulf states. An appeal for donations has been issued on USCRI’s website, www.refugees.org , the proceeds of which will be used exclusively for YMCA of Greater Houston’s efforts to assist Katrina’s victims. Donations can also be mailed directly to the address below.
The state of Texas is expecting over 80,000 people forced to flee Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to seek refuge inside its borders, including those being relocated from the Superdome in New Orleans to the Astrodome in Houston. Displaced people all over the world, a group that now sadly includes Americans from this week’s tragedy, are in need of basic disaster relief assistance, such as food, shelter, health care, and sanitation. Reports of rape and armed elements within the Superdome also highlight the need for basic protection mechanisms to be put in place for those relocated to Houston.
At USCRI, our hearts go out to the millions of Americans whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. “This is a moment for Americans to join together and continue our nation’s long-standing tradition of helping those among us who have lost everything,” said USCRI President and CEO Lavinia Limón, who is working with YMCA International Services Director Jeff Watkins to coordinate the appeal.
The YMCA of Greater Houston has opened the doors of its 37 centers to Katrina’s victims, by offering bath and exercise facilities. Financial contributions will go towards the purchase of gift cards for food and other basic necessities, which will be distributed to those seeking safety in Texas.
Checks may be mailed to:
YMCA International Services of Greater Houston
Attention: Lisa Guitguit
6300 Westpark Drive, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77057