as she described how
she took it on herself
to ask on social media
for supplies to help the
residents of Houston.
Her lawyer-bosses told
her to wait because a
response still would be
needed in the coming
weeks. An aunt and
uncle opened their
porch as a collection site,
and her Olive Garden
storage space. A
Holiday Inn located an hour from her home
donated bedding, including pillows and
pillowcases. Pittsburgh television reporters
covered the supply drive.
Jenn’s dad, David Vogel, directs the
nonprofit organization Catholic Proud
based in Steubenville, Ohio. He arranged
for a truck that set out for Houston, and
called the Catholic Archdioceses of
Galveston-Houston for guidance about
when and where to show up.
The Archdiocese told him about the on-site
work of Catholic Charities, and that helping
hands from across the nation would be
working in local Texas communities.
Reynolds, Vogel, and his girlfriend arrived
in Houston and met Catholic Charities
volunteers while homes were still being
mucked. The neighborhood’s
curbs and ditches remained
filled with debris.
“I had a vision of just pulling
into a neighborhood and
unloading a truck... and
that’s what I’m doing,” said
Reynolds, 26. “I didn’t want
to drop it off at a warehouse.
I didn’t want to drop off it in a
storage place. I wanted people
to come and get what they
need and not have to wait for it
to be distributed to them.”
She was emotionally
overwhelmed as her vision became reality.
“We brought it all,” she said.
These are only two of uncountable stories
of human – superhuman? – compassion
in the wake of Harvey, motivayed by faith,
and enabled by Catholic Charities.
For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities
USA’s Annual Gathering (the event that was
“re-purposed” this year) has been the pre-eminent
assembly for Catholic Charities
professionals, volunteers, and partners to
advance their philanthropic work, strategize
about poverty reduction, and discuss
innovative ideas for future work to meet the
needs of those they serve.
Catholic Charities USA represents agencies
across the country, who serve the nation’s
poorest and most vulnerable people
regardless of faith. CCUSA is also the
official domestic relief agency of the U.S.
Catholic Church, providing training in
disaster preparedness, response, recovery,
and mitigation. With a national reach
through a local presence, Catholic Charities
helps people through the process of
recovery and restoration.
In this horrible storm season alone,
Catholic Charities USA has raised
$7,340,467.51 in hurricane response and
has sent more than $1,000,000 to Puerto
Rico for relief as well.
The freakish hurricane, roaring from the
skies, also prompted incredible acts of
sacrifice and compassion, exemplified
by the work of Catholic Charities of
Shiawassee and Genesee Counties and
their sister organizations. If Harvey turned
out to be a unique version of a “perfect
storm,” it is a reminder of the saying that
God works in mysterious ways His wonders
Vicky Schultz continues to remind us,
however, after Harvey and succeeding
hurricanes, that “this remains an active
disaster, and we need to remember
that fact. Please consider donating and
I’M SO GRATEFUL
AND I’M SO HAPPY
THAT SOMEBODY IS
LOOKING AFTER US.
GOD IS GOOD,” SAID
TEDMAN BROWN, 47,
WHO LIVED IN HIS
CAR IN THE WEEKS