Posted by: BPSOS | March 2, 2009

Tin Tức – News: BPSOS-Houston Ike Team Aids San Leon’s Hurricane Survivors

feb-22-090-san-leon-ike-team2The Ike team on the road in San Leon, preparing to meet community members to address and assess unmet needs.

March 2, 2009: The BPSOS-Houston Ike team hit the road again last Sunday, this time to meet unmet needs and assess other challenges in the community of San Leon in Texas’ storm-devastated Galveston County.

On the afternoon of Sunday, February 22, the team of staff attorneys Robert Pham and An Phong Vo, case managers Jannette Diep, Nancy Le, and Annie Trinh, along with branch manager Trish Nguyen and videographer Ngoc Huynh, were able to help over 51 families with unmet needs.

“We had another 58 walk-ins we weren’t able to assist due to time constraints,” said Diep. “With the support of the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, we’re planning to get to these young families and seniors on our next visit.”

“We’re really grateful to Pastor Bob Gibson, Joe Higgs, and Bernard Scrogin, who set up a meeting at the San Leon Community Church to do intake and address legal questions,” added Diep. “We made appointments in advance with about 80 people, so having that space to meet them in was a huge help.”

Besides the presence at the church, staff members were also able to visit and interview families in their storm-damaged homes. Huynh videotaped the families while they spoke about how their lives had been affected by the landfall of Ike in September 2008, and how much they had lost.

“We encountered a lot of positive responses in San Leon,” said Diep, adding “We’re eager to go back and get working with the people who turned out to get help on Sunday.”

A previous visit took the Ike team to Bridge City, where they distributed gift cards to those in need and rendered other services to over 40 families.

For information about the Ike team and meeting the unmet needs of hurricane survivors in the Vietnamese-American community and beyond, please call Houston branch manager Trish Nguyen at 281.530.6888.

Here are more photos of the San Leon work:

feb-22-09-san-leon-intakeHouston branch manager Trish Nguyen and case managers Nancy Le, Jannette Diep, and Annie Trinh, process documents required to connect members of the San Leon community to badly needed services.

feb-22-09-san-leon-copierStaff attorney Robert Pham tends to the needs of San Leon hurricane survivors.


  1. […] replace or repair appliances and furniture damaged by the storm. The latest trip follows up on a February 22 visit during which over 51 families received help with unmet needs related to […]

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