Southeast Texas Emergency Relief fund receives more than $150,000 in grants from local industry for Hurricane Harvey relief

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF) announces grants of more than $150,000 from local industry, including $100,000 from OCI, $35,000 from Sempra and $20,000 from Chevron Phillips, to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

“With the majority of our region devastated by this disaster, Southeast Texans are still overwhelmed with inconceivable needs. Many individuals and companies have bolstered their support. We are particularly grateful for extraordinary contributions from OCI, Sempra and Chevron Phillips,” said Robert Edgar, SETERF chair. “Their funding will enable us to help many displaced families."

Southeast Texas has experienced unprecedented damage from Hurricane Harvey, and SETERF has once again renewed its efforts to provide immediate aid in the form of gift cards made available to local churches and other faith-based organizations that distribute them to flood victims for food, medicine and other urgent needs.

More than $350,000 has been raised and distributed to nearly 2,500 individuals and families since September 2017.

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. ‎

The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF), a 501 (c)(3) organization, was established in 2005 by attorney Regina Rogers and businessman Joe Penland to address the extensive needs of thousands of individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. SETERF rallied to the cause again after Hurricane Ike hit Southeast Texas in 2008. To date, more than $6.5 million has been distributed to individuals, social service organizations and faith-based organizations.