The Red Cross continues to provide critical services to those affected by the March 12th explosion in East Harlem. At the New York City Resident Service Center, located at 1580 Park Avenue (La Marqueta, near 113th Street), multi-lingual Red Cross staff were on hand to provide one-on-one case management and emotional support to more than 30 families in need. Services will continue on Sunday at the Center from 9 am- 5pm.
Friday night the Red Cross closed its shelter, located at the Salvation Army at 175 East 125th Street, after the City transported all displaced residents to other accommodations. The shelter had housed adults and children over several days, providing food, clothes, case management, health assistance, and mental health support. Earlier in the day Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and other city officials had toured the facility and praised the Red Cross and The Salvation Army for their efforts in helping those affected by the tragedy.
One such family, Luis Rivera and his wife Marisol Gonzalez, stayed at shelter after losing their home in the blast. There they met with Red Cross case worker Lilliam Rivera-Cruz. On Saturday the couple visited the City's center to drop off flowers of thanks to Lilliam for her kindness. "If it was not for the Red Cross, we'd be out on the street," said Mr. Rivera.
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.