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Diocesan Faithful Assistance for Hurricane Victims Exceeds $215,000

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Thousands of people along the New York and New Jersey coastline continue to struggle in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the October 29, 2012, storm that devastated thousands of homes and businesses.

In the wake of the storm, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge requested parishes conduct a special collection to aid in the recovery efforts. As of January 2, 2013, approximately $215,000 has been donated by Diocesan faithful. Most of the money donated has been sent to Catholic Charities USA, which is directing the money to impacted communities to help provide both short-term and long-term recovery efforts. Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest emergency response organizations, immediately began providing assistance to the affected areas in partnership with other disaster relief organizations and state and local agencies.

In addition, several parishes in the Diocese forwarded money from their special collections directly to parishes in the affected areas.

Coastal dioceses in both states report their Catholic Charities agencies are working hand-in-hand with parishes in providing assistance to all in need, regardless of creed.

Among support donations from Dioceses are providing include:

  • Case management and emergency assistance, which includes immediate health/medical needs, food and water, shelter, clothing, critical child care and transportation;
  • Cleaning and house repair assistance, which includes house “muck-outs,” debris removal, utility assistance, furniture and appliance replacement, home repairs, and complete home rebuilds;
  • Emergency evacuation assistance, which includes relocation, safe housing, transportation, and temporary sheltering needs; and
  • Long-term recovery needs, which include “big ticket” items that often times occur when reestablishing a home, such as roof replacements; hot water heater, air conditioner and furnace replacements; and complete home rebuilds.

The Diocese of Rockville Center says donations from Catholic faithful throughout the country also is helping its Catholic Charities staff work to provide its normal ongoing assistance to the poor, homeless and underemployed -- assistance which has been disrupted by the effects of the hurricane.