Tour of Sandy-Damaged Staten Island Community Helps Catholic Charities Provide Individual Assistance

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By Alice Kenny

After Sandy devastated the New York area, Father Robert Aufieri, pastor of Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, led Jeanne McGettigan, Catholic Charities Coordinator of Emergency Food Service, on a tour of the hard-hit South Beach area of Staten Island. During the visit, Ms. McGettigan and Father Aufieri viewed devastated houses and spoke with survivors to hear their stories first-hand. They also dropped off supplies to community members who desperately needed them.

“When you lose everything you don’t know where to start,” said Ms. Dunn, a parish volunteer who was staying with eight relatives and five animals after her own apartment was ruined by the storm.

Holy Rosary Church itself was undamaged and served as a hub for collecting and distributing donations throughout the community. With the help of Catholic Charities and generous parishioners, those who had lost everything were able to start rebuilding.

At the end of the parish visit, Ms. McGettigan had a list of items most needed by Sandy survivors, which she then shared with the rest of the organization. Catholic Charities staff and volunteers continue to work with parishes and communities on Staten Island and in Lower Manhattan to assess the changing needs as families and individuals work to recover.

Read more about the visit to South Beach.

To help with the ongoing needs of Sandy survivors:

Or, text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.

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