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02 Nov, 2012 | News

Message from the CEO - CCBQ Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

On Monday, October 29, the New York Metropolitan area was hit with a horrific category 1 hurricane that devastated neighborhoods throughout the city. In the midst of the storm, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens was there—helping those in urgent need. For our homebound elderly neighbors who faced this historic storm alone and in great fear of the unknown, our heroic staff provided meals for a total of 1,939 clients through our meals-on-wheels program, delivering food over a two day period to get them through the storm.

Catholic Charities mobilized our staff members to begin assessing communities in need. We have witnessed vast devastation from Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the areas of Coney Island, Red Hook, the Rockaways and Breezy Point. We will be working extensively in these areas, providing services as needed, whether it is basics such as food and water or connecting people who have lost their homes with FEMA representatives. While the impact and damage is being assessed by our staff, food such as cereal, crackers, powdered milk, juice, tuna and water are being distributed. Case workers are also on hand to help address the immediate social service needs.


“We know the need is great, and I know that our communities and neighborhoods will emerge even stronger,” says Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “We are calling on the communities to help us in this relief effort by making a donation to the Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts.”
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has asked all parishes to take up a second collection to assist those who are in distress as a result of this natural disaster. The fund will be administered by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens. “Most of our families throughout Brooklyn and Queens are middle class or working poor,” says Bishop DiMarzio. “Now we need to come together to assist our neighbors… While things may always be replaced, we are all mindful of how important our homes are in our lives and so our thoughts and prayers turn to those whose property was destroyed or damaged.”
With heartfelt appreciation,
Robert Siebel
Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

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