Rebuilding work by Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers, funded the American Red Cross, continues on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Click here to watch a video update from Kevin King, executive director, Mennonite Disaster Service.
In August 2013, the Red Cross awarded an $800,000 grant to Mennonite Disaster Services to support the purchase of building materials and supplies for use by volunteers rebuilding homes in the Rockaways, Staten Island, and Somerset County Maryland. The grant also provides housing, food, transportation, tools and equipment for the volunteers.
“I want to say thank you so much to the American Red Cross for making it possible for our volunteers to be here responding to Sandy,” King said. “Without the Red Cross grant, we could not be here.”
Mennonite Disaster Services holds a welcome back event for each family whose home they help rebuild. In March, Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers completed repairs to the Sandy-damaged home of Ray and Virginia Setti in Midland Beach on Staten Island. Electrical and plumbing work was provided by The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation through a grant from the Red Cross.
“It’s like a chapter is closing and a new one is opening up for us,” Ray Setti said. Click here to read the full story about the Setti homecoming.
The Red Cross has provided grants totaling more than $79 million to a range of nonprofit partner groups for home repairs, direct financial assistance for recovery needs, volunteer programs, case management and mental health services across Sandy impacted communities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and West Virginia. Nearly $50 million has been awarded to help people specifically in New York. To learn more about grants that have been awarded click here.
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.