Houston’s Muslim community was one of the first to shelter flood victims, according to Rare.us. Numerous mosques became shelters as early as Saturday, Aug. 26, when some of the worst rains struck the city.
As Muslims prepare for one of their holiest days of the year, Eid al-Adha, or the festival of sacrifice, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston M.J. Khan promised evacuees would not be displaced during the prayer ceremonies.
The Jewish Temple Emanu-El Dallas synagogue is asking its faithful to help find shelter for evacuees.
Churches are also working on donation drives, clearing out space for shelters and getting members together for volunteer missions to Houston and surrounding areas.
Lakewood Church, Houston’s biggest and most high-profile church, reportedly had its doors closed due to flooding earlier in the week. After several social media posts criticizing pastor Joel Osteen for failing to act, the church opened its doors, organized donation drives and coordinated volunteer efforts.