As a native Houstonian, now living in Austin, I feel beyond helpless. I offer up a prayer, mashed together from social media posts, texts and thoughts over the last few days from my family, friends, HR pros, colleagues, neighbors and fellow Texans.
Now I lay me down to sleep.
While the sound of rain used to comfort, it now is terrorizing
Houstonians need the rain to stop. Days without sleep takings its toll
There are no words to describe the sadness
It’s surreal – we’re hearing helicopters and air boats around us
And it is still raining
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
So proud of the courage and spirit of helpfulness exhibited
Houston is resilient and we will do our part
During these days, my faith in humanity has been restored over and over
Today we wait for the waters to go down so we can rush out and help our neighbors
I’m watching an entire community rally together to search for the stranded, offer refuge to those without, and truly show us what it should look like to love others
Watch and guard me through the night.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you
Thank you to a stranger, Jose, who rescued us
God bless all of the citizens of this great nation, as we stand together to help those in need
Hunker down. We’ve got this
Volunteers plucked people from homes all night. The “Cajun Navy” brought boats
Wake me in the morning light.
Grateful to you Lord. Please stop the rain. Surprise us with the sun tomorrow
They need help, but are not helpless
What we see going on now in Houston is the change we need as a nation
I know my city will recover and flourish
Heart, Heroic, Humble, Honorable, Helpful – Houston
As HR leaders in Houston and beyond work to provide guidance, resources and support for their “company families” – while taking care of their own – we must join to help.
If you are so inclined, please consider one of these donation sites or those of your choice.
Houston Flood Relief Fund via YouCaring – Organized by JJ Watt
Greater Houston Community Organization – Established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
American Red Cross – Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10
Kathy Rapp is the CEO of hrQ where she helps companies find groovy HR Talent for permanent or project roles across the country. Prior to joining hrQ Kathy booked more than 15 years of diverse HR leadership experience working in F500s and start-up organizations. A connoisseur of the intersection between pop culture and business, Kathy believes many talent insights can be gleamed from the succession planning lessons experienced by Van Halen and AC/DC.