September 23, 2020 - Press Release
Wharton County Recovery Team (WCRT), a 501(c)3, is happy to share good news of our contributions in assisting Wharton County citizens in their recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impact. Two distinct areas of support have been provided by WCRT: the construction of new homes in Wharton’s West End community, and the renovation and repair of flooded homes across Wharton County. Three years after unprecedented flooding, many families recognize the support received from WCRT as being instrumental in their return to normalcy.
To date, Wharton County Recovery Team has completed 18 homes for very deserving residents on Wharton's West End and are currently in the process of building another six homes. Funding was provided through grants and private donations. WCRT has a goal of completing all new construction projects by the end of 2020.
We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of the organization as Wharton County Recovery Team's West End Initiative has built more homes for the vulnerable community on the west end of the city than any other entity, public or private, since Hurricane Harvey.
These new homes provide safe, sanitary, and secure housing for the recipients; additionally, the neighborhood’s overall landscape has been enhanced by the new construction, and taxing entities will enjoy the additional annual receipts. Above all, the new homes are built above flood levels and will be able to withstand future flooding.
Additionally, the organization received applications for support from 348 residents of Wharton County. WCRT Disaster Case Managers worked with qualified clients to ensure they received services including transitional housing, temporary hotel stays, as well as referrals to Samaritan’s Purse and the General Land Office for new home builds.
Through our partnership with major funders including Rebuild Texas, Samaritan’s Purse, Mennonite Disaster Service, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Good 360, El Campo Rotary Club, Share, Habitat for Humanity, Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Catholic Diocese of Victoria, several local churches, and countless others, more than 225 clients received assistance including new homes, major and minor home repairs, furniture, appliances and other household goods, repair or replacement of water wells and septic systems, as well as other forms of support to assist in their recovery.
Major home repairs include elevating homes above flood level, strengthening foundations so the home is more apt to withstand future disasters, and replacing roofs and siding. Minor home repairs include repair or replacement of flooring, cabinets, windows, etc.
The Wharton County Recovery Team Board has evolved over time and currently includes Stephanie Konvicka, President, and members: Chris Barbee, Melissa Burnham, Ben Evans, and Carol Wootton. These board members serve on a volunteer basis and are unpaid for their time and leadership to the organization.
At the height of Wharton’s recovery the staff included: an Administrator who reported to the board and handled day-to-day operations; four Disaster Case Managers who conducted intake on applications and presented clients’ needs to funders; two Construction Managers; an Administrative Assistant; and a Volunteer Coordinator. As activity decreases and funding is expended, the staff has been reduced accordingly.
WCRT’s contributions to the community have reached beyond Hurricane Harvey recovery. At the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Wharton County Recovery Team assisted the City of Wharton by providing 5 RVs to be used by first responders needing to quarantine away from their families.
Again, we are happy to share our progress and WCRT is pleased to have partnered with such fine organizations as The City of Wharton, Hesed House, Just Do It Now, MEHOP (Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program), and Mid-Coast Title in the rebuilding phase following Hurricane Harvey.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Faye Watson, Wharton County Recovery Team, 307 W. Milam Street, 979-541-3140
WHARTON COUNTY RECOVERY TEAM SHARES PROGRESS
December 10, 2018 - Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Wharton County Recovery Team, 307 W. Milam Street, 979-541-3140
WHARTON COUNTY RECOVERY TEAM | REBUILD TEXAS
The Wharton County Recovery Team recently received a $1,467,875 grant from the Rebuild Texas Fund on behalf of the Wharton West End Initiative. The Rebuild Texas Fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation. The Rebuild Texas Fund supports organizations making an impact to rebuild the communities in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey in the following in the following six focus areas: community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding small businesses. The Wharton County Recovery Team and the Rebuild Texas Fund, are committed to rebuilding our community through this grant alongside all of you.
Specifically this grant will go towards the Wharton West End Project whose goal is to rebuild 40 homes on the West End of Wharton, a neighborhood where flooding due to Harvey was particularly devasting. The Wharton West End Initiative has been working since hurricane Harvey to develop recovery solutions and resilience in the community. The West End Initiative and The Wharton County Recovery Team are collaborating on the West End Project.
“We applied for a grant through the Rebuild Texas Fund because we are committed to our community and seeing this area rebuild after Hurricane Harvey,” says Melissa Burnham of the West End Initiative. “We know that rebuilding after this storm will take many of us working together to solve big challenges and are excited to see change and improvements due to this grant and collaborative effort,” adds Carol Wootton of the Wharton County Recovery Team.