The American Red Cross has awarded a $79,567 grant to Henry Street Settlement to support long-term recovery services for people of the Lower East Side affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Henry Street Settlement will use the grant to provide disaster case management services to 120 individuals and families over a 10-month period. This assistance will include connecting Sandy survivors with social service resources such as mental health support, employment counseling and other programs to assist them in their recovery. The services will be available through the Settlement’s Neighborhood Resource Center.
“We are grateful to the Red Cross for this generous grant,” said David Garza, executive director of Henry Street. “The resources will enable us to continue to provide disaster-related services to help our neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said Henry Street Settlement’s long history of helping Lower East Side residents made it a natural partner. “The Red Cross is committed to helping all Sandy survivors recover,” Lockwood said. “This organization will provide on-the-ground recovery services for people who need it most.”
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 $307 million in donations for Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts. As of mid-July, the Red Cross has spent or committed $260 million – 85 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 of New York, Friends of Rockaway, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, 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 Henry Street Settlement:
Founded in 1893 by social reformer Lillian Wald and based on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service, arts and health care programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year. Distinguished by a profound connection to its neighbors, a willingness to address new problems with swift and innovative solutions, and a strong record of accomplishment, Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children.