Fund Established for Houston Armenian Community

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HOUSTON — The Category 4 Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on August 25, dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some spots of Houston and its suburbs, putting large chunks of the city under water or devastated.

The St. Kevork Armenian Church in Houston has not been spared in the devastation. Rev. Martiros Hakobyan and Parish Council Chair Areg Sahakian estimate that a quarter of the parishioners have been severely affected — with many Armenian families displaced, their family homes uninhabitable, their personal belongings lost.

In a directive this week, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian called on all parishes to hold special collections on each of the Sundays of September — starting September 3, and continuing on September 10, 17, and 24 — to help provide relief to the affected people of St. Kevork Church.

Checks should be made out to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016), with the memo: St. Kevork Flood Relief. The Diocese will be transferring funds to the Houston parish every few days, as proceeds from each week’s parish collections arrive.

Donations can also be made on the Eastern Diocese’s secure server (please select “Other” in the drop-down menu, and type “St. Kevork Flood Relief” in the space provided).

The Diocese encourages everyone to help with the general relief effort.

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Funds are starting to be collected across various areas to support the Houston Armenian community.

Armenian Church Eastern Diocese of America: Donate by check to the  Diocese in New York, and they will wire the funds to us at a regular interval. Ensure your check includes “St. Kevork Flood Relief” in the memo. The Diocese will send a tax-deductible letter.

PayPal Giving Fund: pay online by credit card, provide your name and email or remain anonymous. You will receive letters and tax deductible information from PayPal Giving Fund and we may receive your name and email address if you choose. Funds will be received within 15-45 days.

Square Store: Donate online to our Square online store. There is a roughly 3-percent fee for credit card transactions, but we will receive the funds next business day. We will also receive your name and address so we can send you a thank you letter and your tax deductible letter.

You can also go to the Houston Armenian Community Help site to request help from or offer help to the community. This site lets you request and offer services and to request and offer lodging.

According to the group Armenians of Houston on Facebook, “We, the Houston Armenian community of Texas, have been the boots on ground zero trying to help many families and friends who are experiencing Harvey’s devastating impact. So far, we know of at least 20 Armenian families who have been displaced and/or lost all of their belongings. This forum was set up to be a central source of communication to provide immediate assistance to those in need.”

Topics: Houston