The nonprofit Humble Area Assistance Ministries will open its doors to families needing help in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Thursday, Aug. 31
"We will be open at 10 a.m. tomorrow," said Millie Garrison, executive director of HAAM. Garrison said the agency will be ready to provide an array of resources.
"We will be offering help in applying to FEMA, as well as information on jobs," she said. 
HAAM maintains a food pantry and this will be open tomorrow too.
Garrison said they don't expect to need volunteers now but in the coming weeks, may well need more help.
What is needed immediately is money.
"We are asking our caring community, that supports the work we do, to consider making a financial donation," she said, adding that donations need to be made online.
"The postal service announced today that there all mail services are suspended indefinitely. This means community members can't mail checks to us. We ask that anyone who wishes to give, do so on our website,
While the flood waters will recede, the effects of the storm on our community's most fragile citizens can last indefinitely.
"Many of those helped by HAAM have lost wages while businesses were closed," said Millie Garrison, executive director of HAAM.  They also have little resilience and resources to call on in a catastrophic event.
"Losing even one day's pay can be devastating," she said.
HAAM maintains a food pantry and offers assistance in numerous ways, including rent, utility and medical help, but these are funded by limited grant programs.
"We expect to see many people at our doors beginning Thursday," Garrison said.
The community is incredibly generous, she added, and always come through with donations.  More than 60 percent of HAAM clients are Humble ISDfamilies and are food insecure, with no stable source of food. 
HAAM  is asking for monetary donations in order to meet the various needs of those seeking help but also asks for food donations too.
Contributions may be made online at or in person at the HAAM offices, located at 1204 1st St E, Humble, TX 77338.
HAAM is an interfaith agency and a centralized location with a mission to help those in need. 
Garrison said,"We thank many of our 30 covenant churches who have already reached out to offer resources we needed before the storm hit.
"We know the effects of the storm will eventually cease but to these families, often on the edge of financial and personal instability, this can be a truly tragic event," Garrison said. "We need the community's help."
Cynthia Calvert
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