The American Red Cross has awarded a $60,000 grant to The Disability Opportunity Fund to support long-term recovery services for people with disabilities and their families affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF) will use the grant to help 50 families develop housing solutions and navigate the rebuilding process for their homes. The services will include individual counseling, assistance in locating possible properties, and advising on rehabilitation to make dwellings handicap-accessible on Long Island over the next 12 months. The DOF is a community finance organization based in Nassau County.
“We are thankful for this grant from the Red Cross,” said Charles D. Hammerman, president and CEO of The Disability Opportunity Fund. “The resources will enable us to continue to provide assistance to people with disabilities, and their families, many of whom still have unresolved issues related to Sandy relief.”
John Miller, CEO, Red Cross on Long Island, said The Disability Opportunity Fund is a valued organization for the people it serves. “The Red Cross is committed to helping all Superstorm Sandy survivors recover. This organization will help a vulnerable population of people on Long Island who still have Sandy-related needs.”
Superstorm Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public’s generous support, the Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of Aug. 31, the Red Cross has spent or committed $272 million – nearly 90 percent of the donated funds.
Donations to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York and New Jersey 11 months after the storm. As of September, the Red Cross has partnered with and funded numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy. These partners include Brooklyn Community Foundation, City Harvest, Feeding America, Food Bank For New York City, Friends of Rockaway, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Henry Street Settlement, Island Harvest, Jewish Community Council of Rockaway Peninsula, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, National Baptist Convention USA, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation, Salvation Army, Save the Children, The Staten Island Foundation, United Way of Long Island and Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Sandy recovery efforts in the areas of housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination, and food security. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.
About Disability Opportunity Fund:
Created in 2007, The Disability Opportunity Fund (The DOF) bridges the disability market and community development financial institutions, which have the necessary infrastructure and resources to address the continuing needs of this growing market. The DOF focuses on the primary concerns of the market including the need for more housing, schools and community centers. The DOF is a not-for-profit organization located in Albertson, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.thedof.org.