Catholic Charities to Provide Disaster Relief Services to 34 Counties

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The Office of Emergency Management has recently announced that Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York is the recipient of an $11.8 million grant to support disaster relief efforts in the Hudson Valley.

After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Catholic Charities USA , an umbrella organization representing Catholic Charities agencies nationwide, spearheaded a disaster case management program in 14 New York counties, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thanks to this new grant, the program is now expanding to 34 counties throughout New York State. Catholic Charities has been chosen as the overall managing agency and will be responsible for the continued growth of these services and the administration of outreach efforts.

Since mid October, Catholic Charities staff working in Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties have offered assistance to 646 households and provided ongoing case management to 160 households.  Case managers work one-on-one with clients to assess unmet needs, provide referrals and follow-up to multiple resources, and help clients map out their roads to recovery. The Disaster Case Management Program is a voluntary service for survivors and is comprehensive and long-term in nature, with services planned through August of 2013.

The need for aid remains strong in the Hudson Valley in the wake of Irene and Lee, powerful storms that caused record-breaking flooding lasting for days, in addition to widespread property damage and power outages.

Hurricane Irene has been described as the largest disaster to hit the United States since 1942 because of the geographically widespread damage caused by the resulting floods and wind damage –from the Carolinas to the Canadian border.

To support this expanding work, Catholic Charities will be hiring 25 new employees from the affected counties to assist these efforts. Stay tuned to hear more news on this important and much needed outreach for our neighbors in need.

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