Religious Society of Friends: Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Hurricane Harvey Updates

We want to keep you up to date on how Friends are weathering Hurricane Harvey. 
If you have news to share, please click this link to submit your newsWe will keep updating as we get news. Click 'Read more..' for all reports and details.

Update from Live Oak Meeting on December 8, 2017

Live Oak Friends Meeting Thanks Donors: As our city and the surrounding areas begin the recovery process, we are grateful for the many donations and expressions of care and concern. We received donations from more than 90 individuals, Quaker Meetings and Friends Churches in many areas of the country. We are grateful that so many thought of us when there are so many needs in the world.

During a 3-day period, the Greater Houston area and parts of southeast Texas received between 30 and 56 inches of rain as Hurricane Harvey decayed into a tropical storm. In some places the water was relatively “clean” as creeks and bayous overflowed, but in others storm water was mixed with overflowing sewerage treatment plants and releases from reservoirs. Now in mid-November, media reports say that there are still 150,000 families displaced from their homes or rental units, with total damage estimates in the billions of dollars. The Friends Church in Friendswood Texas sustained some damage as did more than 30 of their members. We sent two work crews to Friendswood to help them “muck out” homes and made a major donation to their recovery fund.

Our buildings and property were undamaged, but three families in the meeting community lost cars or sustained damage to their homes. Your contributions helped them replace cars and get started with the repair process even before insurance paid its share.

Our process charged our Finance Committee with accounting for and acknowledging contributions, while our Care and Concern Committee dealt with the distribution of funds. In the distribution process, we wanted to move as quickly as possible and provide funds where small amounts could have the greatest impact as well as address unmet needs or under-served populations. Those organizations include, Altruist Relief, Mama Rosie’s Feed the Hungry Fund, Texas Organizing Project, Southeast Texas Food Bank, West Street Recovery, The Transgender Project Relief Fund and Best Friends Animal Rescue.

Again we are extremely grateful to all who contributed and who expressed concern for our well-being.

Oklahomans Say "Yes" to Prison Reform!

Oklahomans passed two state questions, SQ 780 and 781, aimed at lowering the prison population.  SQ 780 reduces some felonies, such as low level drug charges, to misdemeanors; and SQ 781 uses savings for mental heatlh treatment. 

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About SCYM

South Central Yearly Meeting is a gathering of Friends (Quaker) Meetings and Worship Groups in the South Central Region of the United States. This site provides information about these communities and makes resources available to our members, such as the document library and member directory.