‘Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION!’ the shelter tweeted Sunday evening.
Jan Langbein, CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support said in a statement: ‘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,’ Langbein said
Langbein added: ‘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.’
The organization, which provides services to women and families who have experienced domestic violence, had to close its doors for the first time this month its 35-year history due to widespread power outages in Texas.
‘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,’ the group shared in an Instagram post.
‘Additionally, the pipes burst in our transitional housing unit Annie’s House, flooding apartments, offices and the on-site school.’
The news of the donation comes just days after Queen Elizabeth said the pair will remain His and Her Royal Highness, although they are not permitted to use those titles on a day-to-day basis as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family.
A spokesman for the Sussexes said there was ‘absolutely no question’ they had wanted to retain the positions they had lost, adding: ‘They do respect the decision but they always made clear they were committed to doing the roles.’
In response to the decision, the Sussexes said: ‘We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.’