#HarveyHeroes: Upbring

Following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that affected millions of Southeast Texans, Upbring worked hard to help Texas families rebuild their lives.

Upbring, a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit organization, supports nearly 30,000 families each year with foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services for at-risk children and families.

And when Hurricane Harvey hit the Bayou City, more than 350 of the families served by Upbring were immediately affected by floodwaters and other storm-related devastation. The story provided by one such family served by Upbring echoed so many others. As their home began to flood and they awaited a boat rescue, they turned to their children and said, “Grab anything you want to save – as long as it fits in your backpack.” As the rescue boat carried them away, that’s what they had left: a backpack of keepsakes and the clothes on their backs.

With moneys raised through the generous contributions of people throughout the state and country and grants provided by the The Center’s Healing from Harvey Rebuild Texas Fund, Upbring was able to assist their Foster In Texas families with stipends that helped cover essentials like travel costs, temporary housing, essential household necessities, clothing and diapers. 

And one year later, as the floodwaters have receded and the effects of Hurricane Harvey aren’t readily apparent to the naked eye, Upbring continues to assist many more who are continuously working to rebuild their lives. For this reason and many others, we salute Upbring as a #HarveyHero.