Posts Tagged ‘Mission of the Immaculate Virgin’

Donors and Devastation: Connecting the Dots

Monday, August 5th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Driven in on flatbed trucks, dropped off from backpacks and carted in on wagons, donations for Sandy survivors began arriving in Staten Island after Super Storm destroyed nearly everything in its wake.

As donors pulled in, many making their first visit ever to this island floating between Brooklyn and Bayonne, they faced the same key question.  Where could donations be safely stored so they would be disbursed quickly to those most in need?

Catholic Charities stepped forward immediately to offer its cavernous gym at Mission of the Immaculate Virgin Mount Loretto in Staten Island.  Now serving as a makeshift warehouse and distribution center organized and staffed by Catholic Charities, the gym is stocked with heaters, dehumidifiers, tools and supplies. Most resources are limited as donated stock can change daily.

The donation center illustrates yet another support system cobbled together by social service and government agencies, corporations and private donors to help Sandy survivors rebuild their homes and lives.

“What’s available today may be gone by tomorrow,” says Catholic Charities Community Development Coordinator Lourdes Ferrer. “With Disaster Case Management things are constantly evolving.”

Statewide, more than 5,000 of Sandy survivors receive disaster case management services.  Managed by Catholic Charities, the New York State Disaster Case Management Program whittles down the complex system of disaster support by providing survivors with a single point of contact to access a broad range of resources.

Catholic Charities hired two full-time staff members to oversee the donation center and ensure fair distribution of its wares.  The agency also partnered with other Staten Island bases organizations to assure that all residents affect by Sandy, have access to the donated items and materials.

“When disasters happen, people just want everything fixed so they can get back to life as it was, but sometimes that’s not possible; sometimes there are no quick fixes,” Ms. Ferrer says.  “Disaster case managers play a very important and difficult role in the recovery process.  They have to maintain people’s confidence and keep them calm while walking them through a recovery process that can take years.”

  • If you were affected by Superstorm Sandy or know someone who was, contact your Case Manager to access needed materials.
  • If you do not have a case manager, contact the Sandy Referral Line at 855-258-0483.

Manning the frontlines; Catholic Charities takes the forefront of Hurricane Sandy Relief

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg shakes hands with Catholic Charities Staten Island Director Michelle LaVignera at the Staten Island Restoration Center.

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities is manning the frontlines, going door to door and staffing newly established restoration centers to help those hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

Staff are assisting at the New York City Restoration Centers now open every day, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in neighborhoods hardest hit by the super storm.  The Centers provide a single site to gather information, referral and support from government programs such as FEMA, private programs such as homeowners insurance and nonprofit and volunteer services.

Catholic Charities staff and volunteers have also mobilized to canvas the needs of homeowners struggling in neighborhoods hardest hit by the super storm.  This past weekend volunteers fanned out throughout Midland Beach in Staten Island, knocked on residents’ doors, assessed needs, and brought food, water, and other supplies from the Catholic Charities donation and distribution outpost established at the Disaster Assistance Service Center at the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin (MIV) Mount Loreto in Staten Island.

We are here to serve the multiple needs of everyone in the community, non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

We are here now and we will be here for the long term.

Do you need help?

Come to our new Disaster Relief Site:

1976 Hylan Blvd

Staten Island 10306

Call Catholic Charities Toll-free Helpline: (888) 744-7900

Click here for more resources and information

Would you like to help others recover?

Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation


Catholic Charities Mobilizes Disaster Response Despite Nor’Easter

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Catholic Charities persisted with its disaster-relief mobilization as a nor’easter whipped through the New York region yesterday, dumped a half-foot of snow and took a sucker punch at neighborhoods still reeling from the super storm’s destruction.  Staff continued going door to door by foot and in the Catholic Charities Rusty Staub Mobile Food Pantry to hand out non-perishable food and cleaning supplies to people stricken by the storm.  Catholic Charities, teaming up with FEMA and other first responders, is also manning disaster relief centers that are being established throughout the region.

 

Looking for help?

  • In Westchester County, visit the Emergency Operation Center opening today, November 8, 2012, at Westchester County Center, at 198 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10606.
  • In Staten Island, visit the Disaster Assistance Service Center at  Mission of the Immaculate Virgin (MIV) Mount Loretto at 6581 Hylan Blvd. at Sharrotts Road in Staten Island, NY  10309.

Need advise with photos to prepare for an insurance claim?

  • When possible, take photos of all destroyed property BEFORE you begin reconstruction
  • If you have already begun reconstruction, take photos of the dumpster where you placed sheetrock and other destroyed property.
  • Make sure to take photos that show your home in the background.

Click here for more resources and information.