— Alison Cook (@alisoncook) August 27, 2017
Hurricane Harvey has dumped more than 30 inches of water on the Houston area since Thursday. The city expects more rainfall and more unprecedented and destructive flooding. SFA has received assurances of safety from many of our collaborators and friends. Many stressed the gravity and uncertainty facing their city. They also spoke of the resilience of their city and of the many peoples who call it home.
The above image, captured by Jon Shapley of the Houston Chronicle, shared by Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook, personifies what SFA admires about that city. Many people from many places make their homes in Houston. Houston is a transom city for a future tense America.
In an August 28 New Yorker post Jia Tolentino wrote of how Houston “absorbed two hundred thousand Vietnamese refugees in the nineteen-seventies, and it currently resettles twenty-five of every thousand refugees that the United Nations resettles anywhere.” That’s more than any other city in the U.S., Tolentino wrote, “and more than most countries.”
Please contribute to the recovery of this beautiful beacon of a city.
Texas Monthly has published an extensive list of organizations doing good and timely relief work. FIND IT HERE.