UPDATE: (Sep 18, 2017) The SAS Comfort and Support Team has reached out to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Due to limited access, we first met evacuees who came to San Antonio, TX by fitting and giving out free shoes and socks. With time, we were able to travel to Kingwood, TX for two days to fit victims there. We were then inspired by the efforts of an 11 year old girl in Plano, TX (Brooke Cobb) who exceeded her $1,000 goal on her GoFundMe page to get shoes for disaster victims. We met her in Plano and gave her an additional 200 pairs of shoes for her donation (see video below).

The latest of our efforts to help led us to Houston, TX, where we are fitting and giving out adult shoes at:

Grace Presbyterian Church
10221 Ella Lee Ln, Houston, TX. 77042
Monday, 9/18: 12:00-7:00 pm
Tuesday, 9/19: 9:00 am-4:00pm (or while supplies last).


In the next few weeks, we will coordinate with other organizations to bring the Comfort and Support Team to more locations affected by Hurricane Harvey.


ORIGINAL POST: (Sep 5, 2017) Recently, we had the chance to meet disaster victims from Hurricane Harvey. Through a coordinated effort, SAS Comfort and Support Team fit and gave out free shoes to disaster victims at Abraham Kazen Middle School in San Antonio, Texas on September 5, 2017. During the shoe fitting process, many opened up about this difficult time.

Patrick and Anne Etter is one couple that shared their story with us. "Our lives have been put on hold...We don't know exactly what we are going to get back to, or if we have anything to get back to. We're lost right now. But we've got each other. And thanks to San Antonio Shoes, and a lot of local organizations, it's made this a lot easier for us."

Giving back has always been important to our founders, Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden, and still is today. SAS volunteer, Tyler Remmert, shares his feelings, “We’re always here to support them (disaster victims). We want to help them get back on their feet, wearing comfortable shoes so that they have one less thing to worry about. We can only support them in one specific way, but in that one specific way we will do what we can.”

The SAS Comfort and Support Team provides disaster victims an on-site, professional fitting for a free pair of handcrafted shoes. The SAS Team has a history of responding to natural disaster areas.

San Antonio Shoemakers' CEO, Nancy Richardson explains, "This time with so much of the affected areas still not accessible, we decided to begin our work in the shelters in San Antonio. Harvey has brought devastation to a large area of Texas, and our hearts go out to all of the families impacted. We hope, by providing quality, handcrafted comfort footwear, that these victims will have one less thing to worry about as they start to rebuild their lives.”

In the next few weeks, we will coordinate with other organizations to bring the Comfort and Support Team to more locations affected by Hurricane Harvey.