Executive Updates from
Texas A&M Health Science Center Harvey Relief Fund
HSC colleagues and friends,
Many of our own — in the midst of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation — are selflessly serving in clinical work across southeast Texas in area hospitals and designated shelters after themselves losing cars, housing, clothing and other personal belongings. These students and resident physicians have been amazing first responders and volunteers during the disaster, putting the needs of others in front of their own. Unfortunately, the financial strain on these students is significant. Now, it’s our turn to stand with them through this tragedy.
We have partnered with the university and Texas A&M University Foundation to help our students return to normalcy as soon as possible by providing small grants to help pay for immediate needs. If you feel compelled to support and assist our Health Science Center family in need, you candonate online to the Texas A&M Health Science Center Relief Fund. Your gifts will help support short-term needs, such as housing, food, clothing, transportation, and other services for our students and resident physicians impacted by the storm. One hundred percent of funds will benefit the Health Science Center community, and all funds will be appropriated correctly to those most in need.
We have also received questions regarding legal help throughout the recovery process, specifically landlord-tenant issues. The university’s Division of Student Affairs is available to counsel students concerning their legal rights and responsibilities. Additionally, the Attorney General of Texas provides helpful information and resources to aid in relief efforts.
Additional information on applying for relief grants is forthcoming. We will continue to share updates on our campuses and provide additional recovery and support details as they arise, in addition to on-going communications regarding resources available. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
My thoughts and prayers continue for all affected.
Carrie L. Byington, MD