UIW Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort


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Texans helping Texans in Houston, Texas

Special Message from the Vice President of University Mission & Ministry


“Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude" impacted by Harvey, "seek relief at your hands" (Dubuis).

Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He invites us to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead. 

He notes, "Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in a catastrophic and devastating way this weekend, bringing with it severe flooding and high winds which have taken human life, caused countless injuries, and severely damage homes and property throughout the region. The effects of the storm continue to put people in harm's way, with horrific scenes playing out all around, such as those of people trapped on their rooftops as water continues to rise around them." He further adds, "I call on people of faith to pray for all of those who have been impacted by this Hurricane, and I ask people of good will to stand with the victims and their families. May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing."

As a community, we are moved by the images, anxieties, fear and losses of those most heavily affected by Harvey. We are also aware that many in our community, staff, and students have family and friends trapped by the storm. As a community so richly blessed by God, I beseech you to look into your heart and discern how you might respond to such great needs and to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Houston, Victoria, Rockport, Port Lavaca, Katy and other cities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

There are several ways we can respond, first in prayer, as prayer moves us to action on behalf of our sisters and brothers. Second, consider sharing your time, treasure and talent to the communities in need. Below is a partial list of things you can do to help:

  • San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 W Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX. Phone #: 210-337-3663. To support the Food Bank's efforts, bins will placed throughout campus by the UIW Pre-Pharmacy Association, in collaboration with the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Student Engagement. The Office of Student Affairs at UIW's School of Physical Therapy, Rosenberg School of Optometry, Feik School of Pharmacy and the Osteopathic School of Medicine will also have locations on each respective campus to support this effort. We invite the UIW Community to  leave non-perishable food items, baby diapers and bottled water or you can send a donation to the Food Bank at their website Visit this link and click to donate or volunteer.

        Campus Locations of SAFB collection receptacles:

Administration Building

ATT Building

Bonilla Science Hall

EAP/School of Professional Studies

Feik School of Pharmacy

Fine Arts Building

Mabee Library

McCracken Building

Nursing Building

Rosenberg School of Optometry

School of Osteopathic Medicine

School of Physical Therapy

Wellness Center

  • South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, 6211 1H 10 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78201. Phone # 210 731-7555. Please donate blood. The Blood Bank is in great need of Type O blood donations. Visit this link. Student Engagement & The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership will be supporting the September 12th blood drive that will be taking place on the UIW Main Campus from 10:00am-4:00pm and hosted by UIW's Student Nurses Association.
  • Catholic Charities, 202 French Place, San Antonio, Texas. Phone # 210 222-1294. UIW's Brainpower Campus, St. Anthony Catholic School will be supporting Catholic Charities efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Students, staff and faculty may also contribute online at the Catholic Charities website
  • American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston St., San Antonio, TX.  Phone # 210 222 1294. UIW's Student Athletes will be raising funds to support the Red Cross. Students, staff and faculty may also support this effort by visiting this link for their website.

May God bless and keep us.


Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Vice President of University Mission & Ministry

Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Associate Provost for Civic Engagement Ettling Center for Civic Leadership

Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, Associate -Director Ettling Center for Civic Leadership

Paul Ayala, Director-Student Engagement