Around Katy July 2017

| July 1, 2017

Krystal and Paul Helbig. (Photo - Casi Howard Photography)

Krystal and Paul Helbig. (Photo – Casi Howard Photography)


Friends and supporters of Paul and Krystal Helbig of Katy are raising funds for his caregiving as he battles multiple sclerosis, and to support her as she cares for him and their six children, four of whom still live at home. Paul is the former pastor, teacher and chaplain at The Bible Seminary and youth pastor at Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church. He is a mentor and friend to many in Katy and West Houston. Hundreds if not thousands of people have been affected by the life and ministry of the Helbigs.

Paul was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MS in 2013 and is no longer able to walk or even stand up on his own power. To help Paul and Krystal with their great need for funding, friends are trying to get the word out about, a website built to raise support for the family.

Friends of the Helbigs have created this site to raise consistent monthly support for Krystal so that she can be free to care for her children and dedicate herself to care for Paul as his needs grow. “They really need to get a new house,” said friend Marty Haisten. “That is one of the goals of the campaign we have put together, but they also need monthly support so that his wife doesn’t have to take on a job and she can simply remain devoted to her current full-time job as a wife and mother.”

Haisten added that they have commitments to support Paul for $1,000/month in addition to some one-time gifts. The fund is also to return the generosity the community has received from the Helbigs.

In addition to caring for Paul’s physical needs, Krystal manages doctor and specialist visits and extensive phone calls with insurance companies. Being a full-time caregiver will require every mental, emotional and physical capacity Krystal has and respite care will be necessary. Quality respite care ensures that both Paul and Krystal will be supported. Donations made on are not tax-deductible. All donations are being distributed and sent to a bank account held by Krystal Helbig and should be regarded as a gift.


Tulio Aparicio, Jamal Agbor, Irene Wisner, Eric Olvera, Jad Attar, Oscar Ospina and Abuelo’s proprietor Mike Lilly.

Tulio Aparicio, Jamal Agbor, Irene Wisner, Eric Olvera, Jad Attar, Oscar Ospina and Abuelo’s proprietor Mike Lilly.


When Amarillo-based Mexican restaurant Abuelo’s opened recently at the Shoppes at Parkwest at 24600 Katy Freeway in Katy, they looked to the Katy Rotary for help in selecting a charity to be the beneficiary of their pre-opening events.

Abuelo’s had planned a series of staff training and lunches as well as a VIP night and Katy Chamber Ribbon Cutting. Guests would be invited and would receive complimentary food, but Abuelo’s proprietor Mike Lilly wanted to do more and take this opportunity to give back to the community.

Lilly’s idea was to offer alcoholic beverages and desserts for purchase at the pre-opening events and give the proceeds of the sale of those items to a local charity. He approached the Katy Rotary and they suggested Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Lilly even invited members of Child Advocates of Fort Bend to talk to all staff prior to the first training lunch so that the Abuelo’s staff could share information about the agency. Thanks to Lilly and the Katy Rotary, Child Advocates of Fort Bend was recently presented with a $7,500 check for proceeds from those pre-opening events.

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