Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Red Cross Convenes Meeting of Sandy Recovery Organizations

Pictured L-R: Theresa Regnante, president & CEO, United Way of Long Island; Jeffrey Friedman, CEO, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services Inc.; Derrick Dingle, deputy director, Freeport Pride Inc.; Jackie Deleonardis, vice president, United Veterans Beacon House; Gwen O’Shea, president & CEO, Health & Welfare Council of Long Island; John Miller, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island; Corinne Hammons, executive vice president, CDCLI; Kim Schultz, program coordinator, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Saracena, construction manager, Lutheran Social Services; Margarita Grasing, executive director, Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre, Inc.; Alberto Munero, executive director, La Fuerza Unida; Cathy Rosenthal, vice president, FEGS Health & Human Services; Sheryl Smith, COO, Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC.

On Friday, Jan. 31, the meeting room at the Long Island Red Cross was filled to capacity with disaster case managers and representatives from Sandy recovery organizations.

The Red Cross convened the event with the goal of making disaster case managers more aware of resources available from local organizations that received funding from the Red Cross to help people affected by Sandy.

The following represents the organizations in attendance, their area of focus, and the amount of funding the organizations received from the Red Cross:

Housing and Community Repair
Community Development Corporation of Long Island - $2 million
The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island - $600,000

Physical and Mental Health Services
FEGS Health & Human Services - $500,000

Individual and Casework Services
The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island - $1 million
United Way of Long Island - $1 million

Six additional organizations that received funding from a $350,000 Red Cross grant to the United Way of Long Island also provided information to case managers at the meeting. Those agencies include: Lutheran Social Services of New York, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. (FREE), Freeport Pride Inc., Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC, Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services Inc. and the United Veterans Beacon House.

If you were affected by Sandy and still need help, please register for disaster case management by calling the Red Cross at 1-877-RED-CROSS or the New York State Disaster Case Management Sandy referral line at 1-855-248-0483.

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