Posts Tagged ‘families in need’

Hurt By Hurricane Sandy?

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013


Whether you have applied for FEMA or not
— even if you were not eligible or were denied assistance — there may be local

resources available for you.

A trained, compassionate case manager can work one-on-one with you to:

  • Answer your questions about recovery
  • Develop a plan to address your needs
  • Connect you with appropriate community resources
  • Determine what financial assistance may be available to you
  • Advocate on your behalf with service and benefit providers

 

Call Today – Help is Here:
855-258-0483
Monday – Friday: 9am to 5pm

 

Find Local Agencies for Help:

 

AGENCY                                                                                                                PHONE #
Bronx
BronxWorks 718-508-3194
Brooklyn
Arab-American Family Support Center 718-643-8000
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled 718-998-3000
Brooklyn Community Services 718-310-5620
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens 718-722-6223
Council of Peoples in Organization (COPO) 718-434-3266
Good Shepherd Services 718-522-6910/6911
Greater Chinatown Community Association 212-374-1311
Lutheran Social Services of New York 718-942-4196
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty 212-453-9539

917-281-6721

Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton- Manhattan Beach 347-689-1880/1817
Manhattan
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York 855-258-0483
Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) 212-674-2300
Greater Chinatown Community Association 212-374-1311
Queens
Arab-American Family Support Center 718-643-8000
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens 718-722-6223
Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) 646-442-4186

212-674-2300

Greater Chinatown Community Association 212-374-1311
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty 212-453-9539

917-281-6721

SCO Family of Services 516-493-6457/5284
Staten Island
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York 718-447-6330, ext. 121
El Centro del Inmigrante 718-420-6466
Lutheran Social Services of New York 718-942-4196
JCC of Staten Island 718-475-5213
Long Island
Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockville Centre 631-608-8883/8882
Family Service League 631-369-0104
FEGS Health and Human Services 516-496-7550, press 6
Lutheran Social Services of New York 516-483-3240 ext. 3030
Hudson Valley
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York 845-344-4868

 

Additional service providers will be included.

The New York State Disaster Case Management Program is operated by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York under the auspices of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Emergency Management and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Catholic Charities Provides 1000s of Holiday Meals in Hurricane-Ravaged Neighborhoods

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Thanks to support from the Mayor’s Fund Holiday Meal mini-grant and other generous donations, Catholic Charities provided 1,000 meals, warmth and support throughout the holiday season to those struggling in the Staten Island Hurricane Sandy Recovery Zone.

Catholic Charities served dinner to 682 people including victims of Hurricane Sandy, day laborers and their families, and low-income residents and gave toys to children at the CYO Center at Anderson Avenue in Staten Island on the Friday before Christmas, December 21, 2012.

Then, on Christmas Day, Catholic Charities hosted a sit-down dinner for more 300 people including day laborers and their families at the same location.  The multi-course meal included everything from turkey to apple pie and was donated and served by Young Israel and Temple Emmanuel.  After the meal, guests received gifts of clothing and toys.

On New Year’s eve and day, Catholic Charities delivered 6,000 meals to families in the Hurricane-ravaged Midland Beach neighborhood to reach those hardest hit by the super storm.

To top off the holiday, Catholic Charities celebrated Three Kings Day – El Dia de Los Reyes – by serving up a light traditional Mexican meal to 316 people on January 3 at the CYO Center.  After the meal, three “kings” distributed toys and books to the children as well as clothing and toiletries to those in need.

The holidays have come to a close but need continues.

Would you like to help? Donate today, or sign up to volunteer.

Hurricane Sandy: It’s Just Stuff; Nothing Follows That Hearse

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

When Mary Ferris’ husband, a New York City police officer, died of a heart attack at age 40, leaving the young widow with three children to raise, she felt stranded, alone and totally unprepared.

She relived those feelings, she said, when Hurricane Sandy tore through the white bungalow home where she had lived for 46 years.  But compared with losing her life’s partner, she said, Sandy was just a bump in the road.

Yet she couldn’t help but compare the tragedies.  In both cases she had done everything right.  She loved her husband, treasured her children and followed experts’ advice on how to keep them healthy and happy.

And she loved her home and followed experts’ advice there as well.

“People hear about what happened to us and say ‘why did you live so close to the water?’” she says.  “But I didn’t.  I lived 10 blocks away yet when the hurricane hit, it was like a tsunami going through.  You couldn’t outrun it.”

Fortunately, she evacuated the morning before the super storm hit.  Had she stayed, she would probably be dead.

When she returned after the storm, she found her first-floor bedroom filled from floor to ceiling with water.  Floating furniture barred the door.

Ignoring the stink of sewage mixed with salt water, diesel and gasoline, her children, now grown, teamed up with a nephew, brother in law and volunteers she never before met.  They threw out the sodden furnishings, ripped out the walls, power washed the house and shock waved it with chemicals to destroy mold.  Her home parish, St. Margaret Mary’s, gave her a small grant.

“It’s just stuff,” she says as she looks at garbage bags piled high with broken china, family photos; everything she once owned.  “Some day Jesus calls you by name and you can’t bring that stuff with you.  Nothing follows that hearse.”

Young Widow Lives for Her Newborn & Toddler

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Simone McCray with her two children

By Alice Kenny

Hours after learning of the death of her children’s father, Simone McCray said, she called his cellphone, thinking he might answer.

Once reality sank in, the hard part came. Mr. Williams had left behind a son, Micah, then just 3 months old, and a daughter, Leyoura, who was 4 and who would need to be told of her father’s death.

“Word had gotten back to our pastor,” Ms. McCray recalled. “He asked if I wanted him to be there when I told her. I said yes. So he came when she got out of school and he more or less told her. I could not. …”

Read their story published in The New York Times and learn how Catholic Charities affiliate Grace Institute stepped in to help.