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Hurricane Harvey - Houston Support

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Hi everyone it is Neha founder of College Shortcuts. I hope everyone is having an amazing day, and everyone is staying safe, hugging their kids tightly.

This is a hard video for me to make. A lot of you people may not realize this, but my company is based out of Houston, Texas. It has been a very intense last few days for us.

I will tell you that we are still going strong here at College Shortcuts. There are parts of my team where their houses have flooded. There are parts of my team that are moms that have newborns and are on the second floor of their home.

As the CEO it's my job to support my team.

I've been a little quiet lately because I have been dealing with this myself. I have a lot of family in Houston. I want you to know that we are, a lot of us are safe and sound.

For our tutoring we are able to do it virtually, still. A lot of us on our team are okay. We are safe, a lot of us just have water up to the driveway, so it's okay in some areas.

I wanted to let you know, I know so many people across the country have been texting us, emailing us, reaching out, and it means the world to me that you guys really care. It's been a very hard last few days for us. It's been hard for me as a business owner because some of my clients I can't reach and they're in Houston. I don't know how they're doing and how the kids are doing.

It's been a tough few days. We are holding the fort down.

I want you to know if you want to support Houston business this is the time to call.

Any people, any of you guys that are booking with us in this week. We're going to be donating portions directly to our coaches, to our internal staff, to people that need help to rebuild their homes again. Rebuild their lives again.

I know so many people around have been asking "Neha how can we help, what can we do?" I will tell you that supporting companies still, that are drowning right now, is really one of the most helpful ways obviously because so many of my team members are really worried about what's going to be there for tomorrow? How are they going to be able to help? How are they going to able to work? It's something that a lot of people don't think about.

Right now I've been on the phones non-stop just trying to make sure that we're handling our clients, our team is taken care of, I'm handling scheduling, I'm stepping into all sorts of little things I typically don't, but it's because I care so much about all the families we work with. I also care about my team of people that are trying to change as many kids’ lives as we can.

I want you to know here at College Shortcuts even though we are based out of Houston, Texas we are still going strong. We are going to hold it together. We're going to hold the fort down with as many families as we can through this process of trying to make it through this what I call fight.

I will tell you that this has been a very huge challenge for us. We are definitely very stressed out.

If there's ever a time where you want to support Houstonians in any way. This is the time to do it. I put my phone number below if you guys want to call us, reach out.Yes there's so many ways that you can get help for your children and I know that. If you want to think about doing a double cause right now to help us here in Houston. Please call us today.

If you've been on the fence about booking your kids test prep. You've been on the fence on getting your kids essay written or helped with. Call us today at 713-401-2867. I'm telling you as a CEO, I'm going to make sure that everyone on my team is taken care of no matter what.

For a lot of you wondering you're like " Well Neha, if they're all in Houston, what do you do?" Well, a lot of my internal staff is based internationally, some are in Canada. We have some out in the Northeast on our Ivy League team, as well for our consultants. We have people in California also that do essay editing.

I want you to know that as a team we are all going to be working non-stop top support our team members down in Houston, Texas in anything that they need in their relief. I just want you to know it's been a very intense last few days for us. Watching the news has just been absolutely painful. Making sure our friends and family are okay. Has been really tough for us here down in Houston. I just want you to know native Houstonians. Please take care of us and realize that we are here to help as much as we can.

We're not shut down. We are still operating as a company. We care very deeply for each and every one of you. I just want you to know out there that I care about all of you.

Please call us at 713-401-2867. I'm here to tell you that you will be definitely helping anyone in need in Houston right now.

A lot of you guys don't realize, but in Texas we are very state proud. We're very lucky that people from Louisiana are coming, people from California are helping. There's just been a lot going on here in Houston. I want you to know that we as a company and our mission is to make sure that we help our own team as well. Your support is truly helpful in this case.

I got a call yesterday from one of my right hand people who said "Neha, I am ankle deep in water. I have to leave my house now. I'm leaving everything." She collected her little dog and cat, and walked out. She currently has no power where she's at.

I am running the ship right now to make sure that all of our families know we're here. I am here to tell you that there are lives hurting in Houston. There's people I personally know that are really suffering.

I want you to know that we're doing our best and we're trying our best, but I know all of you guys are there for us. I've been getting so many texts and calls. Even from people I don't know. From you guys it means the world because it has been really hard. My mom is still in Houston right now and it's just a tough time.

I want you to know that we are still here. Please call us, our team that answers the phone is actually in Canada. It's not like you're calling us at a Houston number and bothering us in any way.

I just want you to know that every single purchase that is made through our company right now is going to be helping Houston, Texas. I had to do a short video. I have no makeup. My hair is just a mess. I haven't gotten a lot of sleep. We have been doing our best.

Please share this with other families that you know could use our help in any way to support our team as much as possible. Most of my other friends that are CEOs, that have retail spaces, they are trying to keep their retail spaces dry. Many have flooded areas that we never thought were going to be flooded.

I want you to know that we love each and every one of you. If there's any way I can just tell you this to make this really clear. Please hug your kids tighter today. There are a lot of people that don't know where their kids are.

I beg you to really, I don't care what's going on in your house. I don't care what's going on between you and your spouse. I don't care what's going on between you and your kid, you're fighting. Hug them, just for me hug them and leave a comment below. Write the word hug and let me know that you did it.

This is a very intense time here in Houston Texas. I want to make sure you understand that we are still on the mission to help kids get into the dream college. To get the great test scores, to get the tutoring they need. Our team is available through Skype. Our team is available across the US. Our whole team is banding together to make sure our Houston team is taken care of.

I want everyone that's logging in to know that we are here no matter what. Please call us. I've got my account managers on the team. They've said "Neha, the lines are really slow right now." I know it’s because all our Houston clients are done with calls right now. Some of them can't just turn on their phone. Just to get power to see if they can call out for a rescue team. I'm asking all of you outside of Houston. Be mad at me if you want but I'm asking.

If you really want to help and support Houston, call us today. I'm here to tell you that we are going to be doing everything we can to not just support our team but to support the city. We have never seen anything like this.

I'm a native Houstonian. I went to Rice University. This is insane, and as a business owner, I want you to know, I'm going to do whatever it takes to rebuild our city and make sure everything is taken care of.

A lot you guys know that I'm building a school in Africa right now. I'm ready to also help in my own backyard. With your support I know I can. I hope you guys are doing amazing. Please leave us a comment below if you have any question about what we can do for your child.

A portion of every single purchase is going back to Houston, Texas. You better believe it you know your money is going in the right place especially with the native Houstonians. Not a major massive non-profit. I'm going to be make sure it gets taken care of.

I want you to know today we closed to massive sales today with some college consulting. I'm telling you a massive portion of that is going towards Houston, Texas. From the bottom of my heart. I just want to let everyone know I am safe and sound. We are okay, there are parts of my team that are still figuring things out. We are still getting more rain. There's a lot more to come.

I wanted to let you know I am doing well. I've just been a little hidden lately just dealing with the storms. Please go ahead and call us 713-401-2867. Support us in any way that you can.

Please share this message with any parents you know because just the sharing of a video on Facebook can make all the difference. I want you again for everyone that's listening. For everyone that's tuning in, to make sure that you go ahead and realize that every little thing that you do matters. Every little thing that you do to help makes a difference.

Although Houston is really hurting right now. Most people aren't doing Facebook lives. Most people are trying to figure their stuff out. I had a very good family friend of mine who was stranded yesterday with two 6-month old twins in a very good part of Houston. I have clients, I'm watching videos they're in kayaks. I mean this is a really tough time.

I just wanted to say "Hi" to everyone and tell you that I'm hurting a lot. I feel for every family that we work with. We are Houston-based Company. You know if you or something, if you're feeling the desire to give and to help your child. I can also help our children in the city and our team as well. Please call us today. We've got team members ready on the phones waiting, waiting for you.

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