Krist Samaritan Counseling Center Offers Aid To Harvey-Affected Residents
Free short-term counseling available to those directly or indirectly dealing with Harvey
Houston, TX—Families, couples and individuals affected directly or indirectly by Harvey may qualify for short-term counseling free of charge through a program offered by Krist Samaritan Counseling Center. Thanks to a grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (GHCF), The Krist Center, a non-profit, will offer up to three counseling sessions before clients transition to a sliding scale, insurance or cash pay program.
Studies have shown that up to 40% of disaster victims will experience PTSD, depression, anxiety, or a combination of mental health obstacles, with first responders (professional or civilian responders), children and the elderly at greater risk than the general population. However, studies have also shown that early intervention is key.
To qualify for the free services, applicants must be residents of the City of Houston and/or Harris County, they must have been directly or indirectly affected by Harvey. Treatment plans are evidence-based, tailored to individual experiences and trauma-informed. Anyone interested is encouraged to reach out to Krist Samaritan Counseling Center directly during office hours (weekdays from 7AM-7PM, Saturdays 9AM-1PM) via phone: 281-480-7554.
Additional outreach currently addressing community mental health needs related to Harvey trauma and recovery are free and professionally facilitated adult support groups held at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (bimonthly) and St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Clear Lake (monthly). Participants are encouraged to call for the specific dates and times, and do not have to be church members to attend.
Krist Samaritan Counseling Center's main office is located at 16441 Space Center Blvd., Houston, TX, with multiple satellite locations throughout the region. The organization is a nationally recognized non-profit with a mission to help those in need attain emotional, mental, and spiritual health through counseling, education, and professional training programs. They strive to serve everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, faith, or ability to pay in the greater Houston/Galveston region. Visit www.SamaritanHouston.org for additional information.