Lifeline Chaplaincy & Katrina relief

Following is a word from Lifeline Chaplaincy that I received late yesterday. MoSt Church / Baytown helps financially support Lifeline each month; they are a part of our regular missions budget. Their ministry is unique and invaluable. I know of no ministry I would recommend more highly than Lifeline Chaplaincy.

Like many other relief agencies, Lifeline Chaplaincy is receiving requests for assistance for refugees from New Orleans. More specifically Lifeline is being inundated with appeals from Houston’s Texas Medical Center Social Workers for specific assistance (particularly hotel stays, parking and meals) for more than 200 seriously ill patients being transferred (many are being Life Flighted) from New Orleans to Texas Medical Center hospitals (Texas Children’s, Methodist, Hermann, etc).

It will take more than $40,000 just to meet the requests we have received thus far, and we expect to receive more requests as the days go by. Our funds are not sufficient to respond to these tremendous needs, but emergency needs like this don’t provide the luxury of time to launch a fund-raising campaign. We are committed to doing all we can to respond generously to these urgent requests for housing and other needs.

So we are asking you to please send immediate financial assistance. We assure you that our Compassionate Touch program is uniquely qualified to meet the specific needs of these patients and their destitute families. We are accustomed to dealing with these needs, although usually on a more measured basis. We assure you that your funds will go directly to those in greatest need, those being brought to Houston with no other place to go, and those with no homes to return to anytime soon. Funds should be sent to:

Lifeline Chaplaincy
1415 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

Or you may donate through Lifeline’s website (look for the “Make A Donation” link).

If you wish to speak to Lifeline Chaplaincy directly, please call Rosa Winfrey, Director of Compassionate Touch, Dr. Carson Stephens, or Dr. Virgil Fry @ toll-free at (888) 767-6363.