SBEF partners with CIS to extend Harvey relief in three Spring Branch ISD schools

December 29, 2018 GMT

Spring Branch Education Foundation has announced a grant from the American Red Cross that will provide part-time mental health services to students at Frostwood Elementary, Memorial Middle and Rummel Creek Elementary Schools. Last school year, these same services proved to be invaluable to students who were displaced from their homes due to Hurricane Harvey.

This $66,000 grant will enable Community in Schools Houston (CIS) trauma-informed counselors to provide mental health counseling to students who are still dealing with issues caused by the storm. Approximately 900 SBISD employees and 1,500 students were negatively impacted by flooding. Some are still displaced and are waiting to move back into their homes.


“Frostwood, Rummel Creek and Memorial Middle are schools that normally do not benefit from CIS services, but the effects of Hurricane Harvey are unprecedented,” said Cece Thompson, SBEF executive director. “We are grateful to the American Red Cross for recognizing our students’ needs and to CIS for helping them.”

A week after the storm, SBEF initiated a Harvey Relief Fund to assist displaced SBISD families. The fund has raised more than $1 million and has helped 1,104 families.

In August 2017, CIS was a first responder in schools after Hurricane Harvey flooded the city. Its staff cared for students and families by providing emergency services, helping with living arrangements and offering mental health and case management services. This grant will extend mental health services in three schools beginning in January 2019; the first half of this school year was covered by Project SERV grant funds.