Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Southeast Texas

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Southeast Texas RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast engages people 55 and over in addressing critical community needs through volunteerism. We serve the Houston/Harris County area along with nine surrounding counties. 713-729-3200.

Walt McFadden, Project Director RSVP engages people 55 and over in addressing critical community needs through volunteerism. RSVP of Southeast Texas serves 18 counties including Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, Waller, Wharton, and Washington Counties. Walt McFadden, Project Director.

Walt McFadden, Project Director RSVP engages people 55 and over in addressing critical community needs through volunteerism. RSVP of Southeast Texas serves 18 counties including Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Colorado, Fort Bend, Grimes, Liberty, Leon, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Robertson, Walker, Waller, Wharton, and Washington Counties. Walt McFadden, Project Director.

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08/18/2021

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03/24/2020

JUST IN | Affected by the economic and social impacts of COVID-19? Please take the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey at GulfCoastCovidSurvey.org. The information you provide will be used to help local non-profits understand the economic needs of households affected by Coronavirus | COVID-19.

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Note: This survey is not for medical help. If you or someone you know is sick, please call your doctor or primary health care provider and your local public health department.
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07/11/2019
07/11/2019

COOLING CENTERS REMAIN OPEN AS HEAT EMERGENCY PLAN SUSPENDED

Cooling centers will remain available during normal business hours. Our partner, Reliant, has proudly sponsored our 11 multi-service centers as Beat the Heat Centers, which are open weekdays from June through September. Here is a list of the locations:
Acres Homes Multi-Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery Houston, TX 77091 832-393-4145
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center 6402 Market Street Houston, TX 77020 832-395-0895
Magnolia Multi-Service Center 7037 Capitol Street Houston, TX 77011 832-395-3380
Northeast Multi-Service Center 9720 Spaulding Houston, TX 77016 832-395-0470
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center 9314 Cullen Blvd. Houston, TX 77051 832-395-0069
Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center 4014 Market Street Houston, TX 77020 832-393-3800
Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center 3810 West Fuqua Houston, TX 77045 832-393-4200
Kashmere Multi-Service Center 4802 Lockwood Houston, TX 77026 832-393-5503
Southwest Multi-Service Center 6400 High Star Houston, TX 77074 832-395-9900
Third Ward Multi-Service Center 3611 Ennis Street Houston, TX 77004 832-393-4051
West End Multi-Service Center 170 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77007 832-393-5950
The Houston Health Department urges people protect themselves and loved ones from potentially deadly heat-related illness. LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION: • FAINTNESS • DIZZINESS • EXCESSIVE SWEATING • COOL OR CLAMMY SKIN • NAUSEA OR VOMITING • MUSCLE CRAMPS • RAPID, WEAK PULSE WHAT TO DO IF SYMPTOMS SUGGEST HEAT EXHAUSTION: • LOWER THE BODY TEMPERATURE BY GETTING IN COOLER PLACE • DRINKING WATER • TAKING A COOL SHOWER OR BATH • RESTING LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE: • CONFUSION • THROBBING HEADACHE • LACK OF SWEAT • RED, HOT, AND DRY SKIN • NAUSEA OR VOMITING • LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS • RAPID, STRONG PULSE WHAT TO DO IF SYMPTOMS SUGGEST HEAT STROKE: • CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY • TRY TO LOWER BODY TEMPERATURE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES PREVENTATIVE STEPS: •
Increase water consumption. Drink lots of liquids even before getting thirsty, but avoid those with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar because these can result in the loss of body fluid. • Conduct outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler. Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned facility. Those unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing that permits the evaporation of perspiration. • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle. • A wide-brimmed hat helps prevent sunburn as well as heat-related illness. Sunscreen also protects from the sun’s harmful rays and reduces the risk of sunburn. • If the house is not air-conditioned, seek accommodations in air-conditioned facilities during the heat of the day: multi-service centers, malls, movie theaters, libraries, etc. • Take frequent cool baths or showers if your home is not air-conditioned.

Disaster Minutes: Quick Talking Tips about Disaster Preparedness Tip # 1Take Moment To Imagine If There Is An EmergencyT...
04/25/2019

Disaster Minutes: Quick Talking Tips about Disaster Preparedness Tip # 1
Take Moment To Imagine If There Is An Emergency

Take a moment to imagine that there is an emergency, like a fire in your home, and you need to leave quickly. What are the best escape routes from your home? Find at least two ways out of each room. Now, write it down! — you’ve got the beginning of a plan.

Disasters Are Not Just Hurricanes.Our RSVP Family would love to challenge you to follow us in the next few weeks and lea...
04/24/2019

Disasters Are Not Just Hurricanes.
Our RSVP Family would love to challenge you to follow us in the next few weeks and learn about "Quick Talking Tips About Disaster Preparedness" We challenge you to "Read, Act and Tell Others" Look for Tip #1 Tomorrow!!!

2019 Harris County Volunteer RecognitionThe 2019 RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon had a wonderful turn out on March 4...
03/08/2019

2019 Harris County Volunteer Recognition

The 2019 RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon had a wonderful turn out on March 4, 2019 even though the weather and traffic did not cooperate! The day might have been freezing outside, but the warmth of good fellowship was felt inside joined by the beautiful singing of Patricia Powell who made her debut with the RSVP Volunteers. Her songs brought back memories of many care free hours of our younger days!

José Grińan, Fox Morning News Anchor was once again our Master of Ceremonies and did a splendid job of keeping everything running smoothly. Our “Keynote Speaker” Tammy Mermelstein gave us special hints on how we should ALWAYS be in control of our conversations with our doctors. She stressed that “we all put our pants on the same way” also, we should ask our doctors questions and get second opinions when necessary.

The Harris County Project Coordinator, MaryAnn Kelley presented the service awards to these following volunteers: Gayle Brown and Maria Frakes received their 15 Year Service Pin; Ruth Arnold received her 10 Year Service Pin; Gerri Bailey, Luisa Calvo, Nelda Clark, Leslie Dickens, Linda Plummer, H.B. Runnels Sr., Alice Smith-Moffett and Rosa Valley all received their 5 Year Service Pins.

Walt McFadden, Director of RSVP of Southeast Texas, was pleased to recognize Susan Edmonson as the 2019 Harris County RSVP Volunteer of the Year! Susan was highly recommended by Delores Brown, the Station Representative for the Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) Satellite Windwood Presbyterian Church Meals on Wheels Program, located on Spring Cypress Rd. Since 2012, Susan has been a joy and blessing to the NAM staff and volunteers. She will drive and deliver meals every day of the week if her schedule allows, and many times, she has done so. Susan is known for being willing to take more than one route at a time, and even do special projects if needed. This has been true even while undergoing treatment for cancer. During this time she had to break from volunteering in order to undergo chemotherapy treatments, Susan would periodically check in with Delores to make sure that she hadn’t given her route away. Susan has been a wonderful asset to NAM and its Meals on Wheels program, and RSVP of Southeast Texas ask that you each join us in Congratulating Susan for a job well done!

If you have any comments to make about our Luncheon, please contact MaryAnn Kelley at 713-595-8195

The numbers were strong (1000+) for the Empowered You: Houston Senior Citizens Conference which was held on Thursday, Oc...
10/29/2018

The numbers were strong (1000+) for the Empowered You: Houston Senior Citizens Conference which was held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Kingdom Builder's Center, 6011 W. Orem, Houston, TX 77085.

The event is part of the Council Member Edwards' Community Empowerment Signature Series. The mission of this conference is to educate and equip seniors of our city, and those who care for them, with information and resources that will help them successfully navigate this season of their life.The Harris County RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, MaryAnn Kelley was on a panel explaining Senior Corps to an audience of 55+ attendees.

The goal of the conference was for each person in attendence to walk away equipped with life-changing information that will help them live long and strong, so that they may continue "being the solution" in their respective communities.

Today we gave out Disaster RSVP Vests and Badges to one of our great stations. Progressive Baptist Church Food Pantry in...
09/14/2018

Today we gave out Disaster RSVP Vests and Badges to one of our great stations. Progressive Baptist Church Food Pantry in Hearne,Texas We talked about how to talk to people coming into the food panty about National Flood Insurance, Medicare and disaster scams and 35 Disaster tips to help others be prepared. Thanks Maria, Mrs.Crawford, Helena, Willie for showing off your Vest!!

A recent presentation given by Moira Bulter on "How to Protect, Detect, Report Medicare Fraud" at St. Bartholomew the Ap...
08/23/2018

A recent presentation given by Moira Bulter on "How to Protect, Detect, Report Medicare Fraud" at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy, Texas

07/27/2018

RSVP PARTNER HONORED!!

Senior Rides and More Volunteer honored by Houston Chronicle
Senior Rides and More volunteer, Laurel Murray, was honored in a full-page article in the Houston Chronicle’s “Heroes of Harvey” series Thursday, July 26th. Laurel rescued a blind Senior Rides care receiver stranded by flooding at the George Brown Convention Center and brought her into her home for several months.
Your funding and support makes these selfless acts of compassion by Senior Rides’ volunteers possible. Thank you.


Volunteer, worried about a friend with disabilities, takes her in
By Amber Elliott

Retired nurse Laurel Murray stands near Godwin Park where feet of water inundated Meyerland homes during Harvey. Murray helped her friend Linda, who lived across from the park and who is blind, after her ... more

The Saturday before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Senior Rides and More volunteer Laurel Murray gave one of her regulars, fellow Meyerland resident Linda Moores, a ride to JCPenney.

“There was a gap in the rain, so I picked Linda up and we went shopping,” said Murray, a retired nurse. She would often drive Moores — who is blind and diabetic and has had kidney and pancreas transplants — to get groceries or to her doctor’s appointments.

Murray, 71, slept through Sunday morning’s storms, but Moores, 63, awoke to ankle-deep water rising beneath her. She grabbed her medications, a change of clothes, her white cane and left home for the last time.

When Murray woke up, she couldn’t leave her block — but she was worried about Moores. “A neighbor with a pickup truck came over and said he could get to Kroger if he jumped on sidewalks.” A long line of flooded residents had gathered at the Kroger on South Post Oak waiting to get on the National Guard rescue vehicles. Murray walked along, asking if anyone had seen Linda. A woman had — Moores was headed to a shelter, she said.

Moores, too, had landed in a neighbor’s pickup truck; but after water flooded the engine, they had to abandon it. A couple loaded her into a raft with their two children, and they swam toward the grocery store, pulling the raft.

“We got on a dump truck and went to the George R. Brown Convention Center,” Moores said of the six-hour trek into downtown. “They ran out of food and water, and I got separated from my neighbors.” Her medications and cane were misplaced at the shelter, too.

Murray was desperately searching for her friend. She contacted Moores’ sister in Canada, who called her 24-year-old son in Houston. He went to the convention center and picked Moores up. By Tuesday, she was back in Meyerland at Murray’s home — and that’s where she stayed until December.

Murray salvaged what she could from Moore’s flooded home. She helped her with insurance and FEMA paperwork.
Ultimately, Moores decided to move to an assisted living facility in North Carolina. “I tried to rebuild and gave up,” Moores said of the house her parents built in 1952. “I lived there alone for four-and-a-half years.”

Murray misses her friend. “Linda had no family here and nowhere to go,” Murray said. “But before Harvey, she lived in the house she grew up in with minimal help and got along just fine. She’s a college grad and an intelligent woman with a wicked sense of humor.”

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06/13/2018

HARVEY LONG-TERM RECOVERY PUBLIC MEETINGS: What types of long-term Harvey recovery efforts are needed in your community? City officials would like to hear from you at upcoming public meetings: JUN 13 - Judson Robinson Community Center; JUN 19 - St. Stephen Presbyterian
Church; JUN 20 - Westbury High School; JUN 21 - East Houston Civic Club meeting, 7418 E. Houston Rd.; JUN 23 – Tallowood Baptist Church; JUN 28 – BakerRipley Sharpstown. For details, see graphic.

This lovely certificate was prepared by Congressman John Culberson in honor of our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteer...
04/10/2018

This lovely certificate was prepared by Congressman John Culberson in honor of our AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers on National Service Recognition Day, April 3, 2018. National service works in Houston and beyond!

SMP Training, February 8, 2018 we welcome five new volunteers to the RSVP Texas SMP program!
02/09/2018

SMP Training, February 8, 2018 we welcome five new volunteers to the RSVP Texas SMP program!

12/06/2017

Joyce Heggins - SMP/Disaster Preparedness Volunteer
During hurricane Harvey, Joyce and her husband Bill watched and prayed as the rainwater continued to creep closer and closer to their home – their home was spared unlike so many of their neighbors. We all watched in horror how much destruction Harvey dispelled across the City of Houston leaving thousands of people displaced. For those of us who were the “lucky ones” we each felt a sense of relief and guilt that we had little or no damage to our homes or interruptions to our family life. Joyce a Registered Nurse had to double up in order to accommodate the many MS out-patients her company served because stress exacerbates MS symptoms. After dealing with her patients on a daily basis, Joyce and her husband arranged their time to help out the elderly by delivering Meals on Wheels in their area. They were inspired by the many grateful faces they saw as they delivered meals to their neighbors.

Dianne Aubey – Disaster Preparedness Volunteer
As an evacuee of Katrina Hurricane, Dianne is well a where of the dangers of high water! She had family members who were affected by Harvey and had to be evacuated to a shelter. One particular relative; 86 year old Aunt Gingles survived three days waiting in her flood surrounded home to be rescued in the Beaumont area! She told her rescuers that she would not leave the ‘ol rocking chair she was sitting on…….so they put her and the chair into the boat!!!! Dianne was helping her neighbors in the Cypress area who had four (4) feet of water in their homes and went back to the Beaumont area to further help her relatives by mucking out their houses and doing whatever needed to be done.

Julia C. Hester House – Partner with RSVP of Southeast Texas –Reassurance Program
A small community located in the Historical Fifth Ward, Julia C. Hester House members shared their unique experiences during Harvey. As an older adult community, they shared stories how their neighbors provided them with extra batteries, helped to muck out their flooded homes and how they received spiritual reassurance from one another. This little community truly worked together to help their elderly prepare beforehand and then by providing shelter and food in many cases afterwards.

Thomas Call – SMP/Disaster Preparedness Volunteer
Tom a very active member of the SMP/Disaster Preparedness Program of RSVP was very fortunate that his residence did not flood during Harvey. After the waters settled down around Houston, he began to give back to the community to those who were truly helpless and alone during the aftermath of Harvey. He donated several hours giving out the much needed cleaning supplies at the ERJCC Distribution Center. After listening to the many stories that were told; he discovered that there was a cry for help to deliver Meals on Wheels, so on assigned days he went out amongst the rubble to deliver meals to those who were confined to their homes.

In one way or another, RSVP Volunteers joined their fellow Houstonians going the extra mile to help out throughout their communities. They joined forces to muck out their neighbors home, tend to the homeless, prayed and listened to their friends /strangers. They shared their frustrations as they watched so many citizens drag their belongings to the street. Let us not forget those who prepared shelters for the many animals that took refuge on rooftops and for those foster parents who took so many animals into their homes to help with overcrowding at the Animal Shelters.

RSVP Volunteer Pat Williams, whose usual assignment is providing respite for the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s ...
09/27/2017

RSVP Volunteer Pat Williams, whose usual assignment is providing respite for the caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia, assisted with the donation center set up at Most Holy Trinity Church in Angleton, as well as at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds where she cared for pets in the shelter. According to Pat, “We were one of only two houses on our street that did not get water in it. We had 4 ft in street and less than 2” to spare before it got into our house. It did get in our garage and we cleared those and cleaned floors with Clorox, etc. We have been working with our neighbors to clear their houses since Sept 9, helping pressure wash driveways and clean the streets of stinky mud and debris, packing things for moving to storage, moving things to attics for storage, etc. Things are pretty quiet now. Waiting for houses to dry, adjusters to show up (although a lot have seen them already) and then contractors at some point. The city has contracted with a company who moved in this week and is slowly working on getting rid of the mountains of debris in the yards. There was a lot going on and I did not mean to bore you with my story, but there are lots of underlying stories that I keep hearing. Our area does not get much press, but we have a lot of damage. It was the community pulling together that helped make a difference. Church volunteers moving in the area to help clear houses, preparing and serving food in parking lots, local restaurants delivering food in to the area. There were two ladies with a wagon piled with boxes of Shipley donuts and another group with water delivering to people working in the neighborhood that first Sunday morning after coming back. You just saw this over and over.”

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