Hurricane Ike, Galveston Island, Texas
We began assisting victims of hurricane Ike immediately following the storm. We served our clients as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). While our name has changed to Upbring Disaster Response, we remain diligent to our mission to serve those impacted by disasters in the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana areas.
Following the September 2008 landfall of Hurricane Ike, Lutheran Social Services Response (LSSDR) worked in partnership with GRACE Community Services and LINC-Houston to provide disaster casework to 268 families. We connected them to temporary or permanent housing so that they could move out of the emergency shelter on Galveston Island. In collaboration with BCFS, FEMA, HUD, the State and local social service agencies, we helped other families purchase bus tickets to relocate with family in various parts of the state and country.
Recovery for Ike Survivors Enterprise (RISE)
RISE was a disaster case management program designed to provide help, support and advocacy for survivors of Hurricane Ike as they recovered from the disaster. RISE was a consortium created and managed by LSSDR, with ten local partner organizations. We provided direct disaster case management services to Hurricane Ike Survivors in a 16 county region of Southeast Texas through a $31 million grant from FEMA, administered through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). From May 2009 through April 2011, RISE case managers worked in partnership with over 8,100 Hurricane Ike survivor households. Together, they assessed the families’ disaster-related needs, developed long-term recovery plans and connected them to available resources to meet their disaster-related needs. Over that two-year period, RISE connected Ike survivors to nearly $30 million in services to assist them in their recovery from the disaster.
 The ten RISE partner organizations included: BPSOS, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, GRACE Community Services, GMC Consultants, Gulf Coast Center, Mainland Children’s Partnership, ICNA Relief USA, the Southeast Texas Interfaith Organization, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston.
 RISE served the following Texas counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Jefferson, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Orange, Walker, Waller and Washington.