KATY (Covering Katy News) - It could be called Harvey hangover as numerous Katy area nonprofits say they've seen a concerning drop in donations a time when the community has been asked to provide financial donations to help victims of the Tax Day floods in April 2016, Hurricane Harvey in Aug. 2017, the July 4th storm of 2018, and Tropical Storm Imelda in Sept. 2019.
People who live in the geographic area of Katy ISD are in a unique space. Most people who live in the Katy area reside in unincorporated territories. This creates challenges that other communities do not face according to Christ Clinic.
"Because there is not one governing entity that is taking ownership of the social services and economic health of the entire Katy ISD community (which most refer to as “Katy”), this role is being fulfilled by the local charity organizations, such as Christ Clinic, but without the budgeted tax income to do so," said a press release from Christ Clinic.
"Any time healthcare is provided to a new population, it takes three years for the cost of their care to stabilize. Due to Christ Clinic’s dramatic and sudden growth following Harvey, this (in addition to the increased number of individuals suffering from a financial hardship) explains why the costs incurred post-Harvey have continued to soar," the Christ Clinic Press release says.
Further complicating the situation, disaster relief money that was being poured into Katy has now dried up and the nonprofits are turning back to the community to ask for help.
“Fundraising is never easy, but Christ Clinic is finding it more difficult to raise the necessary revenue needed to support operations. In speaking with other nonprofits, we have found that many are in a similar situation. Katy’s donor base is amazingly generous, and we believe many of these donors support other nonprofits in our area, nonprofits we should not be competing with for funding. As we reach further to wrap our hands around the whole person, it is imperative that we lean on our nonprofit partners to provide the supportive services that we would be duplicating if we provided them ourselves. Duplication of services means duplication of overhead unless there is a strong concerted effort,” said Lara Hamilton of Christ Clinic.
"This problem is bigger than any one person, bigger than any one organization, and bigger than any one event. Katy needs a movement, and Katy’s people need a miracle," the press release from Christ Clinic says.
Participants can support the event by buying $12 T-shirts at www.ofnoreputation.com/products/need-a-miracle. A portion of your purchase will go to Christ Clinic.
About Christ Clinic
Christ Clinic, located at 25722 Kingsland Blvd, Suite 101, Katy, Texas 77494, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable medical clinic offering high quality healthcare and health related services to those who are uninsured or underinsured primarily in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties. The goal of Christ Clinic is to serve those who fall through the gap in Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act without the use of State or Federal funding. The clinic is supported by community partners, local churches, businesses, foundations and individuals.