Hanging on the door of Levana Levy’s Queens home is a sign that reads “Shalom,” meaning peace in Hebrew/Yiddish. The seventy-year old moved to America from Israel 34 years ago with her five children. Things weren’t always peaceful for Levy, however, who has lived in the Far Rockaway community for six years. In 2012, Superstorm Sandy damaged the Queens neighborhood, leaving Levy’s home almost uninhabitable. Luckily, the American Red Cross was there to help.
“During the storm, I didn’t have lights for three and a half weeks,” she explained. Levy, who is the primary caretaker of her 34 year old son, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, explained how much the Red Cross and its partner, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP), assisted her during that difficult time.
“They came to my house and checked on me, to see what I needed,” Levy said. “During the storm I had no microwave or stove, so they warmed food for me. They made sure everything was Kosher, and even gave me special food for the holidays.”
The JCCRP received a grant from the Red Cross in 2013 to provide long-term food and case management services to help people like Levy recover from the damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy. Levy and her son received multiple services through Red Cross-funded programs. Together with the JCCRP, the Red Cross helped repair water damage in Levy’s home, and install a new stove, refrigerator and boiler. This helped Levy and her son begin their long journey to recovery. Levy remains close with her JCCRP case manager, Naamah Adelman, who still visits her a few times a week to see what she needs.
“Believe me; I can’t do it by myself,” Levy explained. “The Red Cross and JCCRP are wonderful organizations; they help people that are suffering.”
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.