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Send Relief to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Amount Raised: $30,365 | # of Gifts: 346

Send Relief to Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

UPDATE: Duquesne’s crowdfunding effort to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey has now raised more than $30,000, thanks in part to a $10,000 donation by an DU alumna and her husband who wished to make a significant gift to assist those hardest hit by the devastation in Texas. Because of the generosity of so many donors, funds will not only be donated to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, but also to a special project supported by the Spiritan Community in Houston. The funds donated to the Archdiocese will be used directly for food, shelter and clothing of hurricane victims. The Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Diocese who oversees the entire impacted area is Archbishop Daniel DiNardo, a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Duquesne University. Archbishop DiNardo is deeply grateful for the gift from his alma mater. The funding supporting the Spiritan project will assist “Magnificat Houses,” which provides shelter and food to homeless individuals. That group’s facilities are currently overwhelmed with calls for assistance for flood-displaced victims; funds from Duquesne will directly aid in these urgent needs.


As Hurricane Harvey continues to batter the Houston area and the Gulf Coast, here on the Bluff we've all watched the devastation unfold from afar. Powerful images of the storm show the destruction and human suffering: wheelchair-bound senior citizens in waist-high water waiting to be rescued, homes wrecked, streets turned into rivers and people crying tears of despair.

Even more powerful is the strength of the human spirit and the overwhelming response to unite and do whatever it takes to help.


Duquesne has important connections to the Houston area—current students hail from the region, more than 250 alumni live in the Houston area alone—with many more along the coast, and St. Benedict the Abbot is led by Spiritan pastor Rev. Clement Uchendu.

Since the University’s founding, Duquesne’s students, faculty and staff have remained tirelessly committed to helping those in need. As Hurricane Harvey continues to leave its mark, so too, can we.

We ask that you please make a donation to this crowdfunding campaign today. Gifts of all sizes will help make a difference. Click the “Give Now” button to make a donation. Spiritan Campus Ministry will work with the Spiritans in Houston, TX to distribute the funds to those in need.


By rising up and doing what we can—even if in a small way—we can help ease the unimaginable burdens this tragic event has left in its wake.

Thank you in advance for supporting this effort. 

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