For our homebound elderly neighbors, we are grateful we were able to provide food and comfort to carry them through Hurricane Irene.
Prior to the storm's arrival, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens launched a massive preparedness effort to protect those we serve.
We evacuated residents from the Catholic Charities Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center — 200 residents were safely transported to area hospitals or to family members' homes.
We delivered an extra meal to 800 homebound seniors, in case our program would not be able to deliver after the hurricane. Boxes of non-perishable food were also delivered, just in case.
Our staff called vulnerable clients to make sure that they were prepared for the storm, paying extra attention to clients who use life-sustaining equipment, such as oxygen — making sure that they had supplies and a plan to deal with a power outage.
Case workers also called isolated seniors in areas endangered by flooding, encouraging them to evacuate to the homes of family or friends.
Because of friends like you, we were able to allocate much needed resources to help our neighbors.
But the cost of this massive evacuation effort and the extra meals we delivered has greatly depleted our resources. That's why we are asking you to make a special gift today.
Your generous support will help us strengthen our ability to jump into action whenever and wherever an emergency threatens our neighbors in Brooklyn and Queens.