“It’s like a chapter is closing and a new one is opening up for us,” Ray Setti said. The American Red Cross is helping turn the page for Setti and for many others on their road to recovery after Superstorm Sandy.
In October 2012, the Staten Island home of Ray and his wife, Virginia, was devastated by Sandy as more than eight feet of water rushed inside.
“Everything was upside down and destroyed,” Ray said. “There was nothing you could really dig out of here.”
On March 26, 2014, the American Red Cross joined with The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Mennonite Disaster Services to welcome Ray and Virginia back to their home.
The completion of the Setti home is an example of how the Red Cross is continuing to help people affected by Sandy through our grant partners, including Tunnel to Towers and Mennonite Disaster Services. With Red Cross funding, Tunnel to Towers was able to provide electrical and plumbing work to the home. Volunteers from Mennonite Disaster Services, who are being housed with funding from the Red Cross, then came in to finish framing, drywall, flooring and painting.
“I’ve been blessed,” Ray said.
The Setti family was also helped through the Red Cross Move-In Assistance Program, which provided new furniture, appliances, and rental assistance for an apartment where they lived as their home was being repaired.
Ray is a U.S. Army veteran who had flown his American flag from his home every day. Even after Sandy destroyed the house, he continued to fly the flag. Sadly, someone stole it. The Red Cross worked with the office of Senator Andrew Lanza and presented Ray with a new flag for his newly-repaired home. The flag has previously been flown over the state capitol in Albany, N.Y.
“Finally we can sit down and say, ‘This is it, we’re home,” Setti said.
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/gny or follow us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.