SETX Emergency Relief Fund gives out $525K to assist flood victims

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) distributed checks totaling $525,000 to six area nonprofit organizations Monday, June 18, at Board Chairman Robert Edgar’s office in Beaumont.

The funds are part of a $3 million donation earlier this year to SETERF by Motiva Enterprises LLC. They will be used to assist with rebuilding and recovery efforts for flood victims in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties.

“These grants to area nonprofits will be used to help families rebuild their homes and access some ongoing urgent needs even now – nine months after the flood,” says SETERF Chairman Robert Edgar. Southeast Texas experienced unprecedented damage from Hurricane Harvey, and SETERF is able to provide ongoing assistance to meet the needs of disaster victims as donations are received through the generosity of businesses and individuals, such as the donations received by Motiva and others.

The following organizations received checks from SETERF:

• Cathedral in the Pines

• Help, I’m Hurting, Inc.

• I-Connect Outreach

• Nehemiah’s Vision

• Orange County Disaster Rebuild Long Term Recovery Group, through United Way of Orange

• The Texas Annual Conference-United Methodist Disaster Ministries.

“We are excited to see our donation being used to get families back into their homes by the end of the summer,” said Greg Lucchesi, general manager of Motiva’s Port Arthur Refinery. “The funds given today are a great example of how we can all come together to serve and support our community.”

SETERF has a board of 25 leading Southeast Texas citizens who make decisions on the distribution of funds. There are no administrative costs and no paid staff. SETERF operates only with volunteers.