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Camp Noah awarded Rebuild Texas grant to help kids and families recover from Hurricane Harvey




June 20, 2018 – A new grant of $122,750 from The Rebuild Texas Fund will allow Camp Noah to serve elementary-age children in Texas communities affected by Hurricane Harvey this summer. Camp Noah is a nationally-acclaimed preparedness and resiliency program for children impacted by disaster. Usually held over five days, camps are designed to provide hope and healing in a safe and fun environment.

Camp Noah will hold camps in the Texas counties of Hardin, Fayette, Orange and Aransas, with volunteer teams from Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas: 

  • Orange: July 9-13       
  • La Grange: July 16-20
  • Rockport: July 16-20 
  • Sour Lake: July 23-27
  • Rockport: August 6-10

“We’re grateful to be able to partner with the Rebuild Texas Fund to help children emotionally recover from the devastating impact of the hurricane,” said Kim Dettmer, Senior Director of Disaster Services and Camp Noah. “Our partnership with the Rebuild Texas Fund will equip children with resiliency skills that will help them process their experience now and be better prepared for the future.”

Children, like adults, need special support to recover after a natural disaster. They may have lost their home, their own personal treasures, a daily routine and friends who may have moved away. At Camp Noah, they share their disaster stories, grieve their losses, plan for their future, play with purpose, and learn lifelong resiliency skills. Children also learn how to support others facing the unexpected.

 “2018 saw an unprecedented number of disaster impacting the U.S.,” Dettmer said. “Recovery will take years. We’re thankful that communities trust Camp Noah to walk beside them in their long term recovery process.”

Camp Noah is also planning to hold camps in California, Wisconsin, Florida, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico this year.

Volunteers are needed to support all Camp Noah events, whether it is by traveling to help put on a camp, help in gathering resources, or supporting administration. To learn about volunteering or find camp information, visit www.campnoah.org.

About Camp Noah
The very first Camp Noah was held in response to the extreme Red River flooding in 1997. Over the past two decades, Camp Noah has responded to a wide range of natural and human-caused disasters with the help of thousands of committed volunteers, donors, and community partners. Camp Noah is the only national program providing child-specific resiliency-building curriculum during a community’s long-term recovery. To date it has served more than 14,000 children in 29 states and in Puerto Rico. Camp Noah operates nationally, and is service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). Learn more at www.campnoah.org.

About the Rebuild Texas Fund
The Rebuild Texas Fund is a philanthropic initiative endeavor created to work alongside Governor Abbott and the State of Texas, and federal efforts. Michael and Susan Dell established the Rebuild Texas Fund because, as Texans, this devastation is personal to them. They are committed to contributing their voices and resources to the other organizations in the government and private sector that are addressing the unprecedented effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texan communities. For more information, please visit www.rebuildtx.org.