What started out as a mission to provide water by one of the CYS staff, Audrey Shankle, who has clients that live in the Palms of Baytown apartment complex, evolved into providing a case of water for each of the 88 units. This complex has not had any water since the winter storm in February. She was made aware of the situation when she was on a home visit.
Due to reaching out to partnering agencies in the community, such as Love Inc. They provided Audrey a contact at Lowe's Home Improvement. The store donated a pallet of water, which consisted of 60 cases. In order to obtain enough for each unit, Walmart donated 28 cases of water and two $50 gift cards and Target donated other supplies such as detergent and hygiene items, and we obtained hygiene items from BEAR.
Due to the amount of water being donated, a vehicle was needed to pick up the donated items from Lowes. Vita Richardson contacted our contracting school district, Goose Creek CISD and they provided a contact at Precinct 2. Precinct contacted the City of Baytown - Government, which provided a vehicle and several workers. Precinct 2 also contacted a deputy from the Harris County Sheriff's Office to assist in the distribution and provide oversight.
The Baytown Sun was at the complex doing a story about this. The article can be seen here.
March 16 is #nationalsocialworkday and Harris County Resources wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the dedicated social workers in our organization and #socialworkers in general. #socialworkersrock