Camp Fire programs strengthen personal resilience
The organization teaches skills that enable a child to make positive choices, reject negative societal elements and create non-violent ways of dealing with stress and anger. Updated programs address the social, scholastic and personal issues which may affect these youth. Children are prepared for their roles as adults, able to meet future challenges as responsible citizens.
Camp Fire offers the traditional program with groups of children and volunteer leaders, after-school special services program, day camp and swimming….
Their neighborhood was flooded to save Houston
Two days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas in August 2017, as historic rainfall submerged parts of Houston, the Army Corps of Engineers released water from two reservoirs into a river running through one of the country’s richest zip codes.
The water crept out of Buffalo Bayou and into West Houston’s Energy Corridor, home to numerous energy companies and residential neighborhoods.
It inundated Kyle Haines’ home, drowning his 71-year-old husband, Bob. It left Maria Sotolongo’s home nearly uninhabitable and set her on a costly road to rebuilding that would test her marriage.
Two years later, they’re still trying to recapture the sense of security that was swept away with their possessions. On top of that, they’re embroiled in litigation over the Corps’ role in what happened to them.
Hundreds of West Houston property owners are suing the federal government, claiming the Corps flooded their homes to save the rest of the city. They allege the government owes them for effectively taking their property to store water from the reservoirs, in violation of a Fifth Amendment right which says the government can’t take private property for public use without just compensation….