FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Media contact: Elischa Campbell Elischa.campbell@careerandrecovery.org
Phone: 713.754.7027

HOUSTON, On January 8, 2018 – Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. (CRR) is pleased to announce that on November 20, 2017 the agency received a $250,000.00 grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation to serve a minimum of 100 families who reside in Harris and Ft. Bend County. These fund will support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Assistance program. As of this week, the agency has served over 100 families and are ready to assist more families in the recovery stages after Hurricane Harvey.

The program goals are to provide immediate/short-term relief assistance to aid victims effected by Hurricane Harvey. CRR assist through disaster case management, finding and maintaining jobs, rent/mortgage/hotel and utility assistance, gift cards to Walmart and for gasoline and access to resources for their unmet needs. Potential clients are encouraged to call 713-754-7054 in order to set an appointment to receive assistance. The agency is located at 2525 San Jacinto St. at McGowen St. in Midtown Houston. In order to better serve you they ask that you call in to schedule an appointment.

“Since receiving the funds, we have served more than 100 disaster relief Clients with post Hurricane Harvey Employment and Case Management Services, without the support of the Disaster Relief Funds, this would not have been possible! We are most appreciative of this vital support!” –Dr. Vernus C. Swisher, Chief Executive Officer at Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.

CRR is a nonprofit, multi-service, United Way of Greater Houston agency established in 1945 by B’nai B’rith as the Jewish Vocational Guidance Services. The mission of this 73 year old non-profit is to help people identify and overcome barriers to employment. CRR provides workforce development, career and drug/alcohol counseling, case management, and job readiness services to the multi-faceted populations that they serve. In addition to the above activities, the agency offers a variety of employment related support services such as enrichment classes including GED exam preparation and American Sign Language for persons who are deaf or hearing-impaired. Additionally, CRR provides adult outpatient substance abuse treatment and aftercare, and HIV/STD/HepC testing, risk reduction counseling, and medical referrals.

CRR will be able to assist in the following manners:

  1. Employment Placement Assistance.
  2. Emergency Disaster Relief Financial Assistance to persons impacted by the disaster event and assistance to vulnerable populations (such as elderly, individuals with disabilities, non-FEMA qualified individuals, LGBTQ, and undocumented individuals). CRR will provide help with very minor auto repairs, getting a Transportation Worker Identification Credential, also known as a TWIC card, help with utilizing mainstream benefits, and help in replacing lost or damaged documents. Other disaster relief services
    include tools required for work, work clothing, and educational assistance. Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. also provides behavioral support groups and individual counseling for drug abuse users through our outpatient treatment program, if needed. Emergency Temporary Financial Assistance will be provided for other types of disaster-caused expenses such as: Other transportation-related costs, a one-time payment, covering up to four cumulative weeks of child care expenses, for a household’s financial burden to care for children aged 13 and under; and/or children 14 to 18 with a disability as defined by federal law. CRR can provide gift cards for big box stores such as Walmart, Lowe’s and automobile gasoline. Costs for deposits and utility expenses will be made available as well.
  3. Financial Housing Assistance: Temporary rental/mortgage assistance to secure temporary housing while repairs are being made to the pre-disaster residence or while transitioning to permanent housing. Rental assistance may be used to rent a house, apartment, manufactured home, recreational vehicle, or other readily fabricated dwelling. Lodging Expense temporary assistance for hotels, motels, or other short-term lodging while an applicant is displaced from their primary residence.

To learn more about the Disaster Relief Program at CRR please visit the website at www.careerandrecovery.org or call 713-754-7054. If their Intake Specialists are with clients, please leave a voice message with your name and contact information and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

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About Career & Recovery Resources, Inc. Established in 1945, Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. (CRR), is dedicated to helping people identify and overcome barriers to employment. The agency offers computer training, literacy education, career counseling and testing, job placement assistance, housing support for veterans, youth outreach, and substance abuse treatment and prevention education services. In 2017, the agency served nearly 14,000 individuals.

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