Helping Houston: An Interview with a Money Mentor

My name is Rahib Ahmed, and I currently live in Houston. I have been living in Houston long enough to call it my home. I currently attend U of H and will be graduating next summer with a B.S. degree. When I am not working or doing school work, I love playing basketball and hanging with my close friends. 


What group are you a part of that helped out with the Harvey relief?

Part of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association.


How did you get involved with this group?

After suffering very minimal damage to my house I really wanted to go out and help those families whose houses were under water completely. This is the most devastation the city has faced and as a member of the the community, I really wanted to help.


What did you guys do to help out in Houston?

We found underprivileged areas in Houston that were really flooded from the water and started walking through the streets knocking on people's doors asking if they need help. In a time like this every one needed some sort of help. From moving all the damaged wet furniture, to removing dry wall and insulation that was flooded and damaged. We were able to help over 100 houses in a one week span.


How were you able to get involved in the relief effort?

Luckily, I am a part of a very active Muslim youth group which is through my mosque community which is international. We had members from Austin, Dallas, Chicago and even Canada come down for a few days to help with the relief efforts.


Any advice for how others can help out with relief efforts like this?

If you ever want to help, there are so many ways to do it. There are plenty of resources online to help you find organizations that need volunteers for such efforts. If that doesn't work, gather up some friends, hit up Home Depot for the tools, and start going door to door asking for help! You will be surprised to see how everyone could use a helping hand in such a time.

Paige Holmes