Hurricane Laura Supply Drive


• Roof tarps – reinforced, UV resistant, water resistant, minimum 20’x15 ’(Not all tarps are waterproof)

• Lumber: 1X2x8’s OR 2x2x8’s or longer

• Nails: Button Cap /roofing nails

• Nails: 2.5” nails

• Screws: 3” deck screws


• Generators

• Extension chords

• Empty gas cans

• Water or beverages that do not require refrigeration

• Personal hygiene supplies
• shampoo
• soap
• toothbrushes
• toothpaste
• deodorant
• combs
• brushes
• Depends – either individually or in prepared kits.

• Baby Food/formula

• Diapers

• Wipes

• Household cleaning supplies / Wipes


• Small first aid kits

• Sanitizer

• Face Masks

• Face Shields

• Safety Glasses

• Latex Gloves



• NO Perishable foods

• NO Foods requiring refrigeration

• NO Prepared foods

Harris County Covid-19 Relief Fund

The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund will open its online and phone application process for financial assistance to eligible Harris County residents on June 23 and June 24.

In May, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioners Court approved the creation of the $30 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to be distributed to an estimated 20,000 households that are among the hardest hit financially by the pandemic, and are ineligible or cannot afford to wait for other assistance. Selected households will receive between an estimated $1,200 and $1,500.

The online application will open on on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 AM and close on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 PM. You can also apply over the phone by calling the COVID-19 Relief Fund’s phone center at (832) 848-0214. The phone center will be receiving calls from applicants on June 23 from 6 AM to 2 PM and June 24 from 2 PM to 10 PM. The online and phone application will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Applications are not first-come, first-served. Instead, awardees will be selected through a randomized selection process from among the applicants.

To be eligible for funds, applicants must live in Harris County and meet certain household income and public benefits criteria. The fund is open to immigrant households. Given the enormous need, the fund is likely to receive more applications than funding available. To ensure the funds are reaching those most deeply impacted and vulnerable in our communities, the selection process will prioritize residents in Harris County’s most vulnerable census tracts.

For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund application, eligibility criteria, and the selection process, please visit Those in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call 211 Texas/United Way helpline to find an organization in your geographic region that can serve you.


The Harris County Judge’s Office

KISD Summer Grab and Go Meals Update

May 24, 2020

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community,

Katy ISD’s Food Services team has been supporting the nutritional needs of children as they learn, grow and thrive, year-round. Free meal services for all Katy children ages 0-18 will extend throughout the summer. However, there will be modifications to distribution locations effective May 26.  The sites at Cinco Ranch High School, Hutsell Elementary, Williams Elementary, and Tompkins High School will close for meal distribution during the summer.  The last meal service at these sites will be Thursday, May 21.  Katy ISD’s “Grab and Go” meal distribution sites that will be open after May 21 are listed below.

Katy ISD Curbside Meal Service Summer Schedule:

The Week of May 26 – 29            9:00 –11:30 a.m.     Breakfast and Lunch

Sites for pickup:

  • Golbow Elementary (GE)
  • Mayde Creek High School (MCHS)
  • Memorial Parkway Elementary (MPE)
  • Opportunity Awareness Center (OAC)
  • Paetow High School (PHS)
  • Sundown Elementary (SE)
  • Schmalz Elementary (SES)
  • West Memorial Elementary (WME)

June 1 – 30

Monday – Thursday                      9:00 -11:30 a.m.      Breakfast and Lunch

Thursday’s pick up will include breakfast and lunch for Friday each week. 

Sites for pickup: GE, MCHS, MPE, OAC, PHS, SE, SES, WME

*Sites no longer in service beginning May 26 include: 

  • Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS)
  • Hutsell Elementary (HE)
  • Williams Elementary (JWE)
  • Tompkins High School (OTHS)

Starting June 1, to find a nearby meal site and hours of operation:

Be a Champion Meal Service:
Be A Champion will continue to serve dinner meals at Morton Ranch High School, Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (or while supplies last).  The organization is also adding an additional location, Bear Creek Elementary, beginning Tuesday, May 26.  This location will serve curbside meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  (Thursdays pickup will include three meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.)

Cafeteria Balance:
If your student(s) will be returning in August to Katy ISD, their current cafeteria balance will roll forward to next school year.  Refund requests can take up to six or eight weeks to process. Due to COVID-19, processing may take a little longer. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.

Free or Reduced Meal Application:
If your economic status has changed, you still have the opportunity to complete a free or reduced meal application through SchoolCafe.  If you submit the application now, you will receive the approved meal benefit for the first 30 operating days of the 2020-2021 school year.  After 8/1/2020, you will need to re-apply and benefits will qualify your student(s) for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

Connect Texas Families to Nutrition Assistance:
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the health, well-being and food security of families. The District and other organizations are working hard to provide meals to children throughout Texas, and many families are still struggling. Many more families may be eligible for federal nutrition programs due to the economic impacts of the current crisis. This is a great opportunity to encourage families to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP.)

For more information about Katy ISD’s ‘Grab and Go Meal program’, such as times and locations, visit the Katy ISD Health Update Web Page. Should you have any questions, please contact (281) 396-2151.

Covid-19 Testing Site at Seven Lakes

Beginning Monday, 5/11/2020, the Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department will begin setting up a new COVID-19 testing site at Seven Lakes High School (SLHS).

Fort Bend County has been working with local entities to establish another no cost COVID-19 drive-thru testing site across the region to make it easier for residents to get tested.

Though the testing site will be located in the SLHS parking lot near the Competition Gym, it is not under Katy ISD management. It will be managed and run by Access Health.

Please check their website for more information or to register to be tested.

Together we are stronger!

Help Others with Food Donations

Kingsland Baptist, Grace Fellowship, and The Fellowship — three Katy churches — are underwriting and assisting The Hangar Unity Center in Brookshire with a drive-thru food pantry. A division of Eyes On Me Inc, The Hangar serves at-risk families in Brookshire. Last week approximately 350 families in Brookshire received food boxes through this compassionate initiative. This week we will provide produce and protein boxes for families in need.

You are invited to join the initiative by providing any of the food items listed below.

• canned vegetables
• canned beans
• canned fruit
• fruit cups
• pasta products
• pasta / spaghetti sauces
• canned chili
• canned soups
• canned tuna or chicken
• tuna packets
• peanut butter
• jelly / jam
• Vienna sausage
• Spam

The Fellowship
, located at 22765 Westheimer Parkway, serves as the drop-off location for food contributions. The Fellowship is receiving items Mondays through Thursdays this week and next between the hours of 8:00 AM and Noon.

To prevent human to human contact, please enter from Westheimer Parkway and drive through the portico at the end of the NextGen Building which faces Westheimer Parkway. Please place your donated food items in the boxes on the carts provided at the door to the building. No need to wait to hand items to anyone.

Thank you for giving to help families in Brookshire make it through this season of sheltering in place.

Covid-19 Testing in Fort Bend


In partnership with Fort Bend County, Access Health is providing free COVID-19 testing for those with symptoms. To be tested, follow the steps below:

1. Complete online screen: visit and complete online screening. Once you have gone through the online screening process, and deemed as “at risk”, you will receive a unique code and a phone number to call.

2. Complete phone consultation: call the phone number for further screening. If the health care professional authorizes testing, you will receive new testing site access code and further instructions.

3. Proceed to testing facility: proceed to testing facility at your scheduled time. Be sure to bring your photo ID and other information as requested by your screener. You will only be admitted to the drive-through site if you have the testing access code received from the healthcare professional.

FEMA Funded Testing Sites

The test sites in City of Houston and Harris County (which are open to FBC residents) are funded by FEMA – they are for first responders, health care workers, and people with underlying health conditions. To be tested at one of these sites, use this screening tool ( or call 832-393-4220.

• Butler Stadium, 13755 S. Main Street, Houston, 77035

• Legacy Stadium, 1830 Katyland Dr, Katy, TX 77493

• Stallworth Stadium, 2102 E Archer Rd, Baytown, TX 77521

OakBend Medical Group

OakBend Medical Group is conducting COVID-19 Testing if, and only if, the patient has symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) AND have one of the following risk factors:

• Older than 65 years old

• Have serious underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease/asthma, HIV, immunocompromised)

• Healthcare workers with suspected exposure Initial criteria for the Covid-19

Testing will require a Telehealth visit. To schedule a Telehealth visit call 281-238-7870. The patient will be screened during the Telehealth visit for criteria that suggests a possible positive Covid-19. The patient must have proper photo identification in order to proceed with testing. The patient specimen will be collected while the patient remains in the vehicle. Patient must arrive by car or truck. No patients on bikes will be tested. Drive-Thru testing hours 8:00am-1:00pm. (Numbers of test are limited). Test Results take 24-48 hours. Testing will be charged to patient insurance for patients that have Medicare, Medicaid

or Commercial insurance. For self-pay patients the cost of the test is $100 at the time of service. Patients must pay by credit/debit card prior to arriving for testing.

Smart Financial Centre (United Memorial Medical Center)

18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479 Mondays through Thursdays from 10am to 4pm; Fridays from 9am-4pm Anyone experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms such as temperatures exceeding 100, shortness of breath and dry/persistent coughs may be tested at the site. Test results may take up to three days and everyone will be called by the hospital whether they test positive or negative. United Memorial has the capacity to do about 150 to 200 tests daily. Once they’ve reached the number of vehicles they can accommodate during this period of time, the gates will be closed and they’ll continue testing those that are lined up in the parking lot. No appointments or pre-registration needed and open to anyone not just residents of Fort Bend County.

Next Level Urgent Care

Next Level Urgent Care is testing symptomatic patients for COVID-19. To be evaluated for testing, please make an appointment for a virtual visit: Virtual visits can be conducted 7 days a week between the hours of 9AM-9PM. Virtual visits can be billed to insurance or paid for directly if you do not have insurance.

UT Physicians Sienna

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing 8810 Highway 6, Suite 100, Missouri City, TX, 77459 UT Physicians offers a convenient service that allows staff to test you while you are in your vehicle. It’s quick, easy and available to anyone who has an order from a health care provider (physician, nurse practitioner, etc.). You must call 713-486-2619 to schedule an appointment. Test results may take up to five days.

Serving Our Seniors

GRACE FELLOWSHIP has reached out to many assisted living and memory care facilities throughout Katy and asked how we can share God’s love and joy with their staff and residents during this crazy, crazy time. You and your family can easily bring smiles of joy and much needed spiritual uplifting to seniors who are lonely, isolated, or in some cases, even forgotten!

Let’s also celebrate and encourage their caretakers too. Often, they work for minimum wage and work selflessly to love on and serve our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers! This is a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for all they do!

• Creative Letters of Encouragement or or print and personalize Christian art.
Here are some examples:
You Are Created to Create
Download Scripture Artwork to Share

• Make Homemade Masks
Here is an example. Any design is fine.
How to Make a Simple No-Sew Face Mask

• Provide a Sweet Treat to staff and residents by donating Girl Scout cookies:
Buy Girl Scout Cookies Here

• Donate a package of hand sanitizer or a container of Lysol wipes.

Grace Fellowship will collect these items and distribute them starting Monday, April 13th through Friday, May 15th. Please allow us to share your family’s fruits and talents with seniors and caretakers throughout the community.

Please put your donation(s) in separate plastic bags for easier distribution to the many facilities throughout Katy. Please contact to arrange pickup.

Let’s all share our love for Jesus while Serving our Seniors!

Masks for All

Dear Congregational Leader,

There is a rapidly growing COVID-19 need and an easy way for your congregation to meet it.

In order to restart businesses and our economy, local government officials are urging, if not requiring, the wearing of personal use face masks in public. Our congregants will also need masks to attend services when they resume. Many congregations are providing PPE to meet the needs of ourmedical community. This is why government leaders have asked Houston Responds to mobilize many more congregations to provide personal use face masks for all, especially for under-resourced families.

1,000 congregations providing over 1,000,000 masks. How? 500 to 1,000 congregations mobilizing to create 100 to 200 masks (sewn or un-sewn) per week. The love, service, and generosity of local congregations will ensure over 1,000,000 people in Greater Houston will have potentially life-saving reusable masks.

Is your congregation willing and able to participate? Are you already doing this? Please let us know if you are willing to help meet these needs:

1)    Produce Masks
2)    Serve as a Drop-off or Distribution Site for Masks
3)    Donate Funds, Masks, and/or Materials

For more information or to sign-up, please visit Please provide a contact person for this project when submitting the response form and someone from Houston Responds, or your local disaster response coalition will follow up with you.

Thank you for responding to this request from our civic leaders and providing love and care for our neighbors. May God bless our efforts!

For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14)

Give $5.00 And Challenge 5 Friends

Katy Christian Ministries continues to serve the community, and the need for their services is growing. They have temporarily closed their two Resale locations. This puts KCM in a vulnerable position as the Resale Stores are primary sources of operational revenue. KCM needs your assistance to help them continue to serve.

You can help in a very simple way. Please donate just $5.00 and then challenge 5 friends to do the same. With just 5,000 people donating $5.00, KCM can quickly raise $25,000. Also, please consider becoming a monthly donor by securely automating your monthly contribution. $5.00 may not seem like much but KCM can do a world of good with it!

Let’s help KCM to continue their work of “transforming lives through God’s grace and the generosity of the community.”

Click DONATE to make a difference.

Here is a summary of what’s happening at KCM:

• Social Services has responded to 1800 calls for assistance.
• Crisis Center is experiencing an increase in calls from Domestic Violence victims.
• Food Pantry is serving an average of 127 families per day.
• KCM Resale Stores are now selling online! Go to Facebook Marketplace and search “Katy Christian Ministries” for listings.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have been keeping you up to date with how you can help those in your community. Two of the pressing needs we still face are blood donors and delivery drivers to drop off food. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and CrowdSource Rescue are two major non-profits that are assisting those in our neighborhood. We have highlighted these issues before, and we would urge you if you are healthy and willing, to either donate blood or volunteer to be a delivery driver or dispatcher for those who are not able to leave their homes.

Those who are participating in blood drives are taking all precautions to ensure the safety of their donors, however, an appointment is required, In addition, you can find more information about this below and at The Blood Center is encouraging social distancing and they are asking all donors to please make an appointment to prevent overcrowding.

CrowdSource Rescue
The CDC has identified older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions as being at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Many of our neighbors who are at risk are unable to leave their homes for fear of contracting COVID-19. Crowdsource Rescue (CSR) played a critical role during Harvey by helping match flood victims in need of rescue to rescuers willing and able to help. They have stepped up during the current COVID-19 crisis to help direct volunteers who are willing and able to deliver food and basic supplies to homebound at-risk neighbors who need it the most.

They need volunteers who are willing to pick up food and supplies from a Food Bank and deliver it to those in need. The need is critical now and is likely to increase in the weeks ahead. CSR has incorporated social distancing into their model to keep volunteers and clients as safe as possible. Volunteers drop off the food at the client’s doorstep and do not enter the home.

Up for a bigger challenge? CSR also has a need for dispatchers who take on the task of coordinating drivers, clients and food distribution.

Serving with CSR is one way that the faith community can care for our neighbors in need.

Katy Christian Ministries Food Pantry

The KCM Food Pantry is currently serving the community with food and personal care items as available. A one-time emergency portion of food is offered to non-clients. For ongoing assistance, please make an appointment by phone with KCM Social Services at 281.391.9623.

Those seeking assistance should park in front of the KCM Food Pantry, and remain in their cars at all times and a staff or volunteer will come out to serve you.

Food Pantry Hours
Monday — Thursday
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
1:00 PM — 4:00 PM

KCM Food Pantry
5506 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493

The KCM Food Pantry is currently serving an average of 127 families per day.
The demands during this shelter-in-place season has put a strain on available resources. Please consider donating any of the following items or placing an order fore food and having it delivered to the food pantry.

• canned meats (tuna, chicken)
• canned protein beans
• canned vegetables
• canned soups
• canned fruit tomato products (diced, sauce, etc)
• rice and dry beans (bags of 2lbs or less)
• pasta (1lb packages)
• Ramen noodles
• Mac & Cheese

We try to provide these basic items to every family and are consistently running low on stock.

Order food panty donations online and have delivered to the address below during the foods pantry hours noted above:

KCM Food Pantry
5506 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493

CARES Act Small Business Mentoring

The federal government has acknowledged that small businesses may be especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and has responded by establishing provisions aimed at lessening some of the impact. The latest measure, known as the CARES Act, includes some of the most extensive small business relief to date. The CARES Act signed into law on March 27 is aimed at providing relief in a wide range of areas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives) is a valuable network of 11,000 volunteers who, through 360 chapters nationwide, offer small business entrepreneurs practical business counseling advice at no charge for the Life of Your Business (from conception to profitable growth). Houston Chapter of SCORE, with more than 100 volunteers, has been helping entrepreneurs and small business owners in Houston since 1965. SCORE is a Resource Partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SCORE exists to help small businesses succeed. They are a valuable resource to help small business owners navigate the CARES Act relief package. Their services are confidential and free of charge. For more information, visit the Houston SCORE website and check out the SBA Coronavirus Informational Webinars page.

DIY Face Masks

The White House is urging Americans to wear cloth face coverings.

This is in addition to keeping your social distance of a minimum of 6 feet as well as staying home and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

White House coronavirus response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, was careful to caution that any recommendation on masks must be “additive” and not a substitute for existing social distancing guidelines. Birx said people often feel “an artificial sense of protection because they are behind a mask.”

“Don’t get a false sense of security,” she said.

Unless you are a health care worker, or a first responder, you DO NOT need a N95 mask. A cloth mask is sufficient.

Initial CDC guidelines advised Americans against wearing masks unless they were medical professionals or were infected with the virus. The White House has been urging people without symptoms not to buy N95 or medical masks, fearing it would lead to further shortages.

The advisory, officials say, is aimed at reducing the risk of spread by people who are infected but are not showing symptoms.

“Wearing a cloth mask is not a substitute for staying home and regularly washing our hands,” the duo said in a joint statement Thursday. “By wearing a cloth mask when in public, we will limit transmission of the virus. Put simply, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

Tutorial on making a mask:

How To Make a Face Mask

Make DIY Face Masks

Economic Impact Payments Q & A

Check for the latest information: No action needed by most people at this time.

IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment.

Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return.

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.

How will the IRS know where to send my payment?

The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible.

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?

In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.

I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?

Yes. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments to recipients of benefits reflected in the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 who are not required to file a tax return and did not file a return for 2019 or 2019. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.

Since the IRS would not have information regarding any dependents for these people, each person would receive $1,200 per person, without the additional amount for any dependents at this time.

I have a tax filing obligation but have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?

Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.

I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?

For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

Where can I get more information?

The IRS will post all key information on as soon as it becomes available.

The IRS has a reduced staff in many of its offices but remains committed to helping eligible individuals receive their payments expeditiously. Check for updated information on rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process 2019 returns.

The Hangar Drive-Thru Food Pantry Needs

Kingsland Baptist, Grace Fellowship, and The Fellowship — three Katy churches — are underwriting and assisting The Hangar Unity Center in Brookshire with a drive-thru food pantry. A division of Eyes On Me Inc, The Hangar serves at-risk families in Brookshire. Last week approximately 350 families in Brookshire received food boxes through this compassionate initiative. This week we will provide produce and protein boxes for families in need.

You are invited to join the initiative by providing any of the food items listed below.

• canned vegetables
• canned beans
• canned fruit
• fruit cups
• pasta products
• pasta / spaghetti sauces
• canned chili
• canned soups
• canned tuna or chicken
• tuna packets
• peanut butter
• jelly / jam
• Vienna sausage

The Fellowship
, located at 22265 Westheimer Parkway, serves as the drop-off location for food contributions. The Fellowship is receiving items Mondays through Thursdays this week and next between the hours of 8:00 AM and Noon.

To prevent human to human contact, please enter from Westheimer Parkway and drive through the portico at the end of the NextGen Building which faces Westheimer Parkway. Please place your donated food items in the boxes on the carts provided at the door to the building. No need to wait to hand items to anyone.

Thank you for giving to help families in Brookshire make it through this season of sheltering in place.

YoungLives Update

YoungLives is a ministry for pregnant and parenting teens. We have groups all over the city of Houston, and also one just for teen moms in the Katy area. We have a team of volunteers who offer friendship and mentorship to the girls. We usually meet in person each week, but right now we are getting creative so that we can still connect with girls. We are offering Bible Study and Hang Out times over FaceTime, Zoom and other virtual platforms, are able to do porch deliveries of diapers, formula, and other essentials items and throughout this stay at home time will continue to find ways to offer community and connection to teen moms in Katy!

If you are interested in learning more or know a teen mom who needs some community and encouragement reach out to Katie Martin.
Thank you!
Katie Martin