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Jefferson County
The Spindletop Center
News Release
Monday, December 11, 2017

Spindletop Center Receives $100,000 Hurricane Harvey Relief Grant from Hogg Foundation

BEAUMONT, Texas — Spindletop Center has been selected to receive a one-year grant to support its “Hurricane Harvey Relief” project from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Austin. The $100,000 grant became effective Dec. 1 and extends to Nov. 30, 2018.

As Hurricane Harvey lingered over Southeast Texas for five days, beginning on Aug. 26, 54-61 inches of rain was recorded in the area and displaced thousands of individuals due to extreme flooding. Many were forced to live in shelters and tent cities, or with friends and neighbors.

The Hogg Foundation grant will aid Spindletop Center’s outreach and support efforts for individuals in Southeast Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The devastation from the storm created many needs for the community, and one of the challenges the Center faces is ensuring resources and emotional support are in place for those impacted by the storm.

“Spindletop Center is one of our longtime grantees, and a mainstay in our efforts to impact mental health in East Texas,” said Dr. Octavio Martinez, executive director of the Hogg Foundation. “We think it was only logical for them to be included in this effort.

“Spindletop is in one of the high impact zones affected by the hurricane, with counties declared as disaster sites by the federal government,” Dr. Martinez said. “The Houston area has received much of the attention about Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, but we mustn’t forget about the East Texas corridor. We need to be flowing resources – money, human capital, care – to the hardest hit areas, wherever they may be.”

Spindletop Center has been designated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), formerly the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), as the local mental health authority (LMHA) and the local intellectual and developmental disabilities authority (LIDDA) for Chambers, Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties of Southeast Texas. This makes the center uniquely situated to provide for the ongoing emotional needs of the community.

The center will continue to expand its outreach and support efforts to address the immediate and long-term effects, signs and symptoms of disaster-related trauma, while putting the message of hope and recovery at the forefront of those efforts.

For more information, contact Heather Champion, director of business development at Spindletop Center, at Heather.Champion@stctr.org or 409.839.2299.

Spindletop Center is a non-profit healthcare organization specializing in behavioral healthcare, intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders for each stage of life. Our Center serves more than 8,000 people annually throughout Jefferson, Hardin, Orange and Chambers counties and has campuses in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange and Silsbee. We promote healthy living in our community through innovative and best-practice options that meet the unique needs of every family.

The mission of the Spindletop Center is to help people help themselves by providing resources and supports.



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