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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Provides Hurricane Relief Assistance JOURNAL Winter 2017 s61 Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate- names that will live in infamy. They are the names of the hurricanes that caused catastrophic damage on the US mainland in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, in the US territories of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The 2017 Hurricane season is one for the record books. Weather experts say that these were the most devastating and deadly storms to hit the US mainland since Hurricane Katrina. Many of these storms made landfall as category four or five storms. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. were significantly impacted. Some lost homes or sustained significant property damage. Members in the affected areas had to be water rescued from their homes. Others, especially those living in the Caribbean, not only faced property damage, but shortages of food, water, gasoline and other basic supplies along with power outages that lasted for weeks. There were 25 chapters impacted by the storms in the Southwest Region from Hurricane Harvey alone. The leadership of our beloved sisterhood quickly mobilized and sprang into action to support our members in need through donations to the DST Disaster Relief Fund. The Disaster Relief Fund was established and launched under the leadership of our 25th National President Dr. Paulette C. Walker, in collaboration with the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, with the sole purpose of providing charitable and educational relief for those impacted by these types of disasters. Members promptly answered the call and began to make donations within hours of the message delivered by National President Beverly E. Smith. Soror Smith also held conference calls with Regional Directors in the impacted areas to receive updates on members and to see what recovery assistance was needed. State coordinators, chapter presidents from the Southwest, Southern and Eastern Regions provided updates on chapter members to DST leadership. Chapter members who were not affected, quickly rushed to aide those who were, by supplying housing, food or any basic necessity that was needed to help them get through this difficult time. The Houston Alumnae Chapter members volunteered at the shelter housed in the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas to assist displaced residents who were staying there. Many of the Houston area residents’ homes were completely destroyed or uninhabitable. Additionally, the Southwest Regional Director, Pamela Rogers; Texas/New Mexico State Coordinator, Michelle Brown; and Louisiana State Coordinator, Doris Brown met with sorors of the impacted chapters to provide assistance and counseling; led a caravan of sorors from Louisiana to Beaumont, Texas to provide assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund and deliver cleaning and other supplies; and divided chapters between the states of the region so they could adopt a set of chapters in order to provide relief. The Eastern Regional Director, Soror Rosia Blackwell-Law- BY E. MISSY DANIELS AND BERNADINE STALLINGS Members of Houston Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter prepare supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area Aug. 29, 2017 and caused $200 billion in damages. PHOTO BY CASSANDRA BROOKS


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