From the Heart Campaign for Matagorda County


The From the Heart Campaign for Matagorda County seeks to support families and schools within the County as they recover from the material and emotional devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey.  The From the Heart campaign will:

  • provide support for trauma-informed mental health services to children in all of Matagorda County’s schools and trauma-informed education for County families.
  • collect and distribute emergency funds to individual families in Matagorda County who need economic support as they rebuild their lives and homes.

Mental Health Support and Services for Children and Families

The Bay City, Palacios, and Matagorda County Independent School Districts are participating in this campaign.  Their teachers will be trained in recognizing children whose behaviors and mental health have been affected by the trauma of mandatory evacuation and disruption of their lives, and school counselors will be more intensively trained in delivering trauma-informed counseling and support. We also will conduct family counseling programs for families seeking social/emotional support as they recover from the storm and its effects.

Emergency Funds for Families

In addition, we are seeking families who need emergency financial support as they rebuild their lives and homes.  A recipient family must live in Matagorda County and demonstrate financial need. If you have a family that might need this support, please contact us at or complete the form below.  Nominees for receipt of funds will be screened and interviewed by a member of the From the Heart Campaign Steering Committee, and the Committee of the whole will select families to receive funds.  The accounting firm of Ostrow, Reisin, Berk and Abrams in Chicago will oversee financial procedures and independent supervision to ensure the integrity of the collection and distribution of funds and that 100% of the money collected goes to supporting Matagorda families and schools.

Please Help Us Help the Families of Matagorda County

Any amount helps – the more we collect, the more we will be able to distribute.*  And we can guarantee that 100% of funds will be used to support families and schools in Matagorda County.  No overhead costs will be deducted.

The families and children of Matagorda County need us at this difficult time.  We ask that you give from your heart.


*We are seeking not-for-profit status for this campaign so that your donation will be tax deductible.


Steering Committee

Ira J. Chasnoff, MD

Dale Coe Simons

Barry Chasnoff

Frankie Cole

Tony Doubek

Dr. Alexandro M. Flores

Genieve Hahn Groedel

La Ray Schlupe Hrytzat

Kelli Hunt

Marcietta Moore

Janet Lewis Peden

Susan Phillips

Allison Sliva

Questions? Know a family in Matagorda County in need? Please complete the form and we'll respond as soon as possible.

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