Hurricane Harvey LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund

Hurricane Harvey
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The Montrose Center

Established in 1978 as a safe and affirming place for lesbian and gay Houstonians to receive counseling, the Montrose Center has emerged as one of the nation’s leading full-service LGBTQ centers. Although counseling remains at the heart of what we do, services have expanded to meet the changing needs of our diverse community. These services include substance abuse treatment, support and advocacy for LGBTQ survivors of violent crimes, care and assistance for people with HIV/AIDS, free community wellness programs and activities, and programs for our community’s most vulnerable and isolated—youth and seniors. We sit at the center of the LGBTQ community and serve as a gathering place for LGBTQ organizations and groups.

Hurricane Harvey LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund
 Houston, Texas
August 27 - September 30, 2017

The catastrophic and historic impact of Hurricane Harvey will be felt by the LGBTQ community of Houston Texas for days, months, and potentially years to come. Help our LGBTQ community members displaced by the storm today by giving to the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund, managed by the Montrose Center – Houston’s LGBTQ counseling and community center serving Houston for 39 years.

With more than 35,000 clients in core programs we are already learning of staff and community members who have lost everything. 

The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more. The Center’s dedicated case management team is on call to help homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm. 

For volunteer opportunities please visit:

While the Montrose Center will focus primarily on empowering the LGBTQ community to rebuild after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, we serve all people in need regardless of their sexuality.


We send our thanks to foundations that have already supported our fund:

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The Campbell Foundation

The Hollyfield Foundation

Texas Pride Impact Funds

Texas United Charities 

Stonewall Community Foundation

Montrose Counseling Center, Inc., dba the Montrose Center, is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN# 74-2050245. No goods or services will be received in exchange for donations made to this page and it is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Were you impacted by the devastating results of Hurricane Harvey?

On behalf of the Montrose Center staff and LGBTQ communities around the nation, we want you to know that your personal loss is extremely meaningful and important to us and many others –  and that is what makes this a community.

You can request services or resources from our dedicated case management and counseling staff here.


Donations2Date: $573,386

Donor Donation Amount Donation Date Comment
Bill Essling $27.50 9/22/2017
Gabrielle Spierer $125.00 9/21/2017 I raised the money and then added some more for this donation to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund at the Bellmore, NY car show on a Friday night. Car people are great! Thank you for all of the hard work that you're doing during this difficult time. I'm sending love and support!
Victoria Raymond $35.00 9/21/2017 This donation was made possible by two great friends, Randi and Randall <3
Anonymous Donor $110.00 9/21/2017
Anonymous Donor $1,400.00 9/21/2017
Elizabeth Schell $250.00 9/21/2017
Mark Anderson $100.00 9/21/2017
Anonymous Donor $65.00 9/21/2017
Tiffany Hays $100.00 9/21/2017
Jennifer Lillis $25.00 9/21/2017
Stasia Iwanski $40.00 9/21/2017
Anonymous Donor $20.00 9/21/2017
Anonymous Donor $1,000.00* 9/21/2017
Anhell Gomez $73.50 9/20/2017
Mara Santilli $30.00 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $21.00 9/20/2017 God bless what you are doing :)
Anonymous Donor $200.00 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $500.00 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/20/2017
Jonathan Hopson $350.00 9/20/2017 Donations collected at our Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser and Sale.
Samuel Adams $500.00 9/20/2017 On Sept. 19 we held a fundraiser in Denver, Colo. It was themed "Houston - We Have A Promise." A benefit for Harvey victims, with musical performances donated by several of Denver's top acts. We wanted to include The Montrose Center on our list of beneficiaries for hurricane relief. Peace to all, and good wishes in your recovery efforts.
Ryan Taylor $1,000.00 9/20/2017 So happy I can help! My thoughts are with you all!
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/20/2017
John Compton $100.00 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $26.25 9/20/2017
alisa Selman $100.00 9/20/2017
Terry Suprean $800.00 9/20/2017 From Civic TV Laboratories' art auction to benifit The Montrose Center's LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.
Britt Ellis $350.00 9/20/2017 On behalf of Stonewall Sports- Raleigh
Martin Newman $36.00 9/20/2017
Jason Hayes $300.00 9/20/2017 These funds were raised at a Drag Event @ The Stonewall Inn in NYC organized by Zola Powell
Kristen Porter $100.00 9/20/2017 Donation made on behalf of Kristen Porter Presents Dyke Night fundraiser in Boston to aid our fellow LGBTQ community in Houston.
MEREDITH PALKO $25.00 9/20/2017 .
Mary Coke $150.00 9/20/2017 I am donating on behalf of Menagerie Fusion, an Atlanta based social dance organization
Andrea Sposato $10.00 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $33,003.25* 9/20/2017
Dr. Donald Callen Freed $100.00* 9/20/2017
Wendy Chang $80.00* 9/20/2017
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/19/2017 stay strong. with love from Mass
Maya Ziv $33.00 9/19/2017
Gina Samardge $26.25 9/19/2017
Miriam Klein $18.90 9/19/2017 Donating in honor of my brother's birthday - he asked me to donate to LGBT organizations in Houston.
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/19/2017 Sending love from upstate ny. Keep your heads up.
Michael Evans $100.00 9/19/2017
Shannon Lamb $91.00 9/19/2017 From the Boiz of Austin Drag King troupe in Austin, Texas <3
Seth Bogard $350.00 9/19/2017
Haley Rosendahl $15.00 9/19/2017
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/19/2017 Sending you so much love!! xoxo Eddie and Bex
Emily Wells $50.00 9/19/2017
Anonymous Donor $90.00 9/19/2017 Please no sharing info. with other charities, no phone calls, no postal mail. Emails are good. I wish you the best from NY in recovering from this disaster.
Sky Hutchens $20.00 9/18/2017 On behalf of Nite School ATX & Scorpio ATX
Phuong Duong $50.00 9/18/2017
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/18/2017
Harold Ralph $50.00 9/18/2017 Donation collected during BRAKING AIDS Ride.
Amy Eppler-Epstein $100.00 9/18/2017 Donation collected from the BRAKING AIDS Ride
ISIAH TWEEDIE $75.00 9/18/2017
Anonymous Donor $100.00 9/18/2017
Anonymous Donor $250.00 9/18/2017 Our 25 year old daughter suggested your organization after doing research. Thank you for your efforts our hearts go out to the Houston community.
Mary De Ridder $100.00 9/18/2017 This donation is from PFLAG Holland/Lakeshore
Anonymous Donor $100.00 9/18/2017
MR MARK L ENACHE $100.00 9/18/2017
Anonymous Donor $26.25 9/18/2017
Jeffrey Kuchar & William Robert Ward $200.00* 9/18/2017
Jackie Martin $100.00* 9/18/2017
Donald Skipwith $100.00* 9/18/2017
Jodi L. MacDonald $100.00* 9/18/2017
Anonymous Donor $490.00 9/17/2017 From the San Francisco LGBTQ Community. Funds raised at Oasis in San Francisco, with the help of Miss Shugana, Heklina, D'Arcy Drollinger, and dozens of generous contributors. Sending our love!
Anonymous Donor $155.00 9/17/2017
Anonymous Donor $115.10 9/17/2017 Stay strong fellow Texans!
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/17/2017
Rachel Rodrigo $40.00 9/17/2017 I don't have much money, I just wish I could donate more and be there in Houston to support people of all walks of life.
Eric Kneeland $1,000.00 9/17/2017 Our thoughts are with the fine folks of the lone start state..especially the Houstonians
Leslie Lapides $50.00 9/17/2017
Anonymous Donor $25.00 9/17/2017 Good luck from Cleveland
Anonymous Donor $21.00 9/17/2017
Anton Mostovoy $22.00 9/17/2017
Anonymous Donor $50.00 9/17/2017
amy apple $52.50 9/17/2017
Lauren Colalillo $52.50 9/17/2017
Melane Wilday $10.00 9/17/2017
DIGNITY NORTHERN VIRGINIA $1,055.00 9/16/2017 The thoughts and prayers of our faith community are with you.
Duy Dinh $50.00 9/16/2017
Megan Alcock $5.50 9/16/2017
david winckoski $35.00 9/16/2017 In honor of Nelson Vergel and all he does for Houston and globally.
Kim Elam $40.00 9/16/2017
Anonymous Donor $10.00 9/16/2017 This donation is being made for Isabella Cabral.
Eric Gilliland $50.00 9/16/2017
Anonymous Donor $100.00 9/16/2017
Anonymous Donor $10.00 9/16/2017
Joseph Tassone $50.00 9/16/2017
Sasha Velour & House of Velour $3,075.00* 9/16/2017
Veronica Lemons $30.00 9/15/2017
Deion Turner $20.00 9/15/2017 SITC RVA
Deion Turner $157.00 9/15/2017 SITC RVA
Alyson Maier $11.00 9/15/2017
Deion Turner $35.00 9/15/2017 Social in the City RVA
Anonymous Donor $10.00 9/15/2017
Rashod Blanton $50.00 9/15/2017
James Morris $20.00 9/15/2017
Tavarlis Noble $20.00 9/15/2017
Anonymous Donor $10.00 9/15/2017
* offline donation