$137,000 going to 5 area nonprofits

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) presented checks to five nonprofit organizations Thursday, May 31 at the office of Edgar, Kiker & Cross PC in Beaumont.

The nonprofits receiving checks totaling $137,000 will provide nutrition and medical assistance for residents in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties.

The organizations include Nutrition and Services for Seniors, $20,000; Orange Community Action, $22,000; Gulf Coast Health Center, Inc.: $25,000; Legacy Community Health, $15,000; and SETX Food Bank, $55,000.

SETERF has been able to continue assisting victims because of the generosity of businesses and individuals who have donated money to the organization.

Although it’s been nine months since Harvey’s flood waters caused such devastating impacts, “the need is still there, and SETERF will continue accepting donations and granting funds to help those who are in great need as long as donors continue to make this possible,” said Robert Edgar, SETERF chair.

Edgar invites those interested to donate through www.seterf.org. Since the storm, the organization has raised more than $3.5 million to aid thousands of individuals and families. 

SETERF has a board of 25 leading Southeast Texas citizens, many of whom are business owners or top executives who make decisions on the distribution of funds. There are no administrative costs and no paid staff.  SETERF operates only with volunteers.

 The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF), a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 by Regina Rogers, founder of the Gift of Life, and Joe Penland, owner of Quality Mat, to address the extensive needs of thousands of individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. SETERF also rallied to the cause after Hurricane Ike hit Southeast Texas in 2008.