Posts Tagged ‘NYC Restoration Center’

From Budgeting to Business Help, Catholic Charities Connects Sandy Victims to Local Resources

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

By Alice Kenny

At the NYC Restoration Center on Staten Island, there are several social service providers available to offer assistance and information to victims of Hurricane Sandy. As the only Staten Island-based provider at the center, Catholic Charities plays an essential role in helping people get the information they need because its case workers are especially knowledgeable about local resources.

The areas of service Catholic Charities covers at the center are varied. Counselors connect people to local organizations and community resources and help them understand and access public benefits. They also offer budget counseling to those who are starting over and need to figure out how to manage their finances in a situation they hadn’t planned for. In addition to helping people navigate the complex processes of filing for service from FEMA and Rapid Repairs, case workers help business owners apply for assistance from the Small Business Administration.

For those who would simply like to tell their stories to an empathetic listener, counselors are also on hand to comfort victims.

To contribute to ongoing recovery efforts:

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

Cardinal Dolan Visits Sandy Recovery Centers on Staten Island as Archdiocese Continues Sandy Relief Efforts

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Nearly three weeks after Sandy left the New York area, victims are still struggling to rebuild their lives. On Saturday, November 17th, Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York, visited disaster recovery sites and Holy Rosary Parish on Staten Island to continue assessing ongoing needs and providing help to individuals and families.

Mount Manresa, a temporary housing facility for Sandy victims, is currently housing 30 families who lost their homes. At FEMA’s NYC Restoration Center on Hylan Boulevard, Catholic Charities workers are staffing the case management service at the center.

Catholic Charities, in conjunction with parishes and communities, will continue assisting Sandy victims with everything from the basics like food and clothing to long-term services such as counseling and legal assistance.

“We know that it will take time for people to be able to put all of the pieces of their lives back together, but the Church – our parishes, Catholic Charities, the Al Smith Foundation, and so many dedicated volunteers – will be there with them every step of the way,” Cardinal Dolan said. “I am particularly grateful to those who contributed to our Sandy relief fund, because that will enable us to provide direct assistance to those who need it most right now.”

The Sandy Relief Fund, which has so far raised close to $1 million for relief efforts, is being distributed to the parishes so pastors can put the money directly into immediate services the nearly 1000 families and individuals need.

If you’d like to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts:

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