Elizabeth McIngvale was once told her obsessive-compulsive disorder was too severe for treatment. Today, as the spokesperson for the Peace of Mind Foundation—which she founded along with her family—McIngvale has helped thousands manage their OCD, just as she's learned to do with years of therapy. Along the way, she also obtained her a PhD in social work and completed a postdoctoral fellow at the VA Medical Center.
Tomorrow evening, McIngvale plans to put her skills as a licensed master social worker to use when she hosts a Flood Survivors Support Group at her father's Gallery Furniture store at 6006 1-45 North (between Tidwell and Parker, as the old commercials say).
"If you or someone you know is struggling after the flood please join to get some help and hope," wrote McIngvale on Facebook. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. The support group is free and no appointments are required.
In the days after Hurricane Harvey rolled through the city, McIngvale's father Jim—better known to generations of Houstonians as furniture purveyor Mattress Mack—opened both his North Freeway and Grand Parkway stores to hundreds of displaced residents who were able to spend a few nights in relative comfort, sleeping on pricey mattresses, fold-out sofas and other furniture inside the air-conditioned showrooms.
Mattress Mack gave out his personal cell phone number on Twitter to those seeking rescue and deployed his own delivery trucks to ferry Houstonians from their flooded-out homes to his furniture stores. He even fed evacuees and later handed out $80,000 in relief funds to local charities.
Since then, over 200,000 people have signed a change.org petition in hopes of the City of Houston declaring an official Mattress Mack Day. Personally, we'd take it one step further and petition the City to recognize the ongoing heroic efforts of the entire McIngvale family.
Flood Survivors Support Group, Wednesday, September 13, 7–9 p.m. Free. Gallery Furniture, 6006 I-145 North, 713-694-5570