Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing their part to aid Texans suffering from Winter Storm Uri. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support in Dallas, an organization which provides services to women and families who have experienced domestic violence including emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, and pro-bono legal services, had to close its doors for the first time this month amid widespread power outages. “For the first time in our history of more than 35 years, our shelter had to be completely shut down due to an extended total power outage,” read an Instagram caption shared by the organization. “Additionally, the pipes burst in our transitional housing unit Annie’s House, flooding apartments, offices and the on-site school.”
Tonight, Genesis shared that the Archewell Foundation, the non-profit created by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, is offering support to help meet urgent needs.
“Today, we learned that the news of the damages we incurred from Winter Storm Uri reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!” reads a post from Genesis. “Through their nonprofit, Archewell Foundation, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing apartment complex and also helping us meet our immediate needs.”
Jan Langbein, the CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, further said:
“In spite of the [devastating] winter storms here in Texas, our hearts have been warmed by the support and generosity of people from all 50 states and five foreign countries. Today, we were notified that through the actions of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nonprofit, Archewell Foundation, Prince Harry and Meghan will make a donation to help us get back on our feet. Not only will this gift provide for our critical needs, it shines an international spotlight on violence against women and children, letting survivors know that they are not alone.”
News of this donation comes just days after Queen Elizabeth confirmed that Harry and Meghan would not return as working royals. In a statement about the news, the Sussexes said: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”