When disaster strikes, the Diocesan Council of Austin is ready to serve. The Society provides disaster assistance for individuals and families who are confronted with fire, flood, or other individual disaster. St. Vincent de Paul also offers disaster relief services to individuals and communities burdened by large-scale disasters such as hurricanes or floods.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has long been active in disaster relief. We responded to the Memorial Day Weekend Floods in 2015, the Halloween Floods in 2015, the Hidden Pines Fire in 2015, Austin Halloween Floods in 2014, and were majorly involved in disaster relief efforts after the April 2013 Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, Texas. We also provided relief to the Bastrop Wildfires in 2011.
House in a Box™ supplies disaster survivors with critical items to furnish an entire home: everything from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul works closely with major retailers to negotiate discounted prices for these new items that we provide for families affected by major disasters. House in a Box has been deployed all over the United States, notably in partnership with the American Red Cross to relieve the effects of Hurricane Sandy. We provided House in a Box in the three major disasters experienced in our diocese since 2011.
If you know of anyone affected by a disaster in the Diocese of Austin, please contact your nearest Society conference for assistance.