It has not been easy since Superstorm Sandy tore across Ventnor Heights, NJ. Two feet of water came rushing through the Scotti family home on Oct. 29, 2012 displacing the family from their home of 40 years. Everything on the ground level of their home was destroyed. Kathleen and Daniel Scotti are both 80 years old and have been married for 50 years. Kathleen has a terminal illness that requires hospice care visits daily to the couple in their hotel. After Sandy, the Scotties lived at their daughter’s two bedroom home for two months and then at a hotel for the last three months. Daniel cares for Kathleen day and night and his pledge to her is to be together, at home, in Ventnor Heights again. After they applied and were turned down for home repair and furnishings assistance through numerous charitable organizations, the Scotti family called the Red Cross, that same day a client case worker arrived. Their daughter Michelle said: "At one point, there was no hope, we were not getting assistance. Red Cross was the only organization who gave us hope. Red Cross came through for us. ”
The Scotties needed assistance for home furnishings, appliances and bedding. The Red Cross client case worker moved quickly to accommodate the urgency of their situation. Now that repairs are underway and replacement furnishings have arrived, Daniel is busy making arrangements, Daniel and Kathleen will be able to move back into their home in Ventnor Heights in two days. They could not be happier or more grateful. “Thanks so much for caring, tell everybody at Red Cross I said thanks.” said Daniel Scotti.