10:51 AM

SGA Continues to Help Houstonians


By Mike Emery

Many Houstonians are homebound as they keep a safe distance from others due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Some community members, however, are lacking in basic supplies due to inventory shortages as local stores and other factors.

Leave it to University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) students to lend a hand, even in this time of social distancing. 

Members of the Student Government Association partnered with Gallery Furniture and its owner Jim McIngvale (aka Mattress Mack) to assemble care boxes with toiletries, supplies and non-perishable foods. These students delivered these items to seniors who are unable to leave their homes as well as manned a phone bank at Gallery Furniture.

Students participating in this initiative included SGA President Shay Tatum, Emerson Romero, Rashelle Garcia and Aamir Merchant.

"Many of the people we served literally have no one for support," Tatum said. "They have no family in the area, so this effort from Mattress Mack is providing them with some supplies to help them through this time. We managed to social distance while lending a hand."

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.