On Oct. 29, 2012, the devastating wind, rain and storm surges of Super Storm Sandy slammed into New York City and the Long Island coast, leaving death and destruction in its wake.
In advance of the storm, dedicated staff members at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens worked long hours to prepare facilities and clients, including a two-day supply of meals for the homebound and our 24-hour residences. Once Sandy made landfall, our outreach workers immediately mobilized for an emergency response and worked double and triple shifts to ensure the well-being of those we serve. We received daily messages asking for help. Vital recovery information was posted on our website, CCBQ.org, our social media sites and via e-mail to donors and community members. Within a few short months, friends from throughout the country had donated more than $1.9 million in support of the work of CCBQ.
CCBQ staff members were assisted by more than 1,250 dedicated volunteers, who provided an astonishing 35,000 hours of service in the weeks following the storm. In response to the increased demand for service, CCBQ received funding for a Disaster Case Management Program, which provided aid to more than 600 circumstances.
For the one-year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens takes a look back on some of the success stories, stories of relief and hope given when situations looked grim. From October 28-30, CCBQ.org will share one story per day.
Click the links below to experience their stories:
October 28: Recovery After Major Damage And A Sink Hole
October 29: Help From Unexpected Places
October 30: Making A Difference, One Family At A Time
CCBQ is still here to help! Our Disaster Case Management Program will continue to assist throughout the upcoming year. To find out more about our Disaster Case Management Program please email DCM@CCBQ.ORGor call 718-722-6223 to make an appointment. Potential clients may also call the Catholic Charities Sandy Referral line: 855-258-0483.