Texans JJ Watt distributes Hurricane Harvey funds to BakerRipley

Posted on August 1, 2018

Houston Texans Defensive End JJ Watt announced today the JJ Watt Foundation is donating $2 million to BakerRipley for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.

One-hundred percent of the $2 million donation will go toward families recovering from Harvey and will allow us to provide support to at least 1,000 individuals who are participating in either in our Disaster Case Management program or Home Restoration program.

“Local response is critical for the region’s ability to rebuild from natural disasters,” BakerRipley CEO Claudia Aguirre said. “Thanks to numerous individuals, corporations and organizations, like the JJ Watt Foundation, for getting dollars out to relief organizations, like us, so we can continue to help our neighbors in their path to recovery.”

BakerRipley is a 110-year-old trusted non-profit organization working to strengthen neighborhoods and has a proven track record of responding to growth and change in the community. The $2 million Watt donation will address Harvey unmet needs and go directly towards helping families and individuals with financial assistance for furniture, appliances, temporary housing, rent or mortgage assistance, transportation assistance or medical assistance.


“Furniture and appliances make up the largest portion of unmet needs expenses because those are the items that make the house feel like a home again,” BakerRipley Disaster Recovery Services Senior Director Barbara Schetter said. “An item like a stove allows you to cook at home for your family and having a bed to sleep on gives you a comfortable place to lay your head and get a good night’s sleep.”

Our Disaster Case Managers work with families and individuals to develop a recovery plan and identify the unmet needs items in which they could use assistance. Since Harvey hit last August, we have distributed over $5 million in financial assistance to address roughly 2,500 neighbors’ unmet needs.

The road to recovery takes time, but being there for neighbors is our top priority. BakerRipley continues to help communities move forward in four distinct ways: through the Disaster Case Management program, our disaster case managers help neighbors apply for Home Restoration assistance, Unmet Needs assistance and they connect them to resources and services at our Neighborhood Restoration Centers.

With JJ Watt’s help, we will be able to continue to support the ongoing work in disaster recovery. Over the past year, our Disaster Case Management program has helped approximately 6,000 households representing more than 18,000 individuals.

For individuals who still need help, call the 2-1-1 HELPLINE. If you are interested in donating to the BakerRipley disaster recovery efforts, click here. For more information about BakerRipley, read our story here.