Red Cross Awards Grant to JCCRP for Superstorm Sandy Recovery

Red Cross Awards Grant to JCCRP for Superstorm Sandy Recovery.

Michelle Thompson, Red Cross, speaks with Nathan Krasnovsky, JCCRP, about a Red Cross grant that will help people recover from Superstorm Sandy.

What is remarkable about the Red Cross is that they have not forgotten about us.

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The American Red Cross has awarded a $239,300 grant to the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The JCCRP will use the grant to provide disaster case management and emergency feeding services on the Rockaway Peninsula. JCCRP’s other work includes counseling, career support, assisting clients in enrollment for government benefits and related services, which will lead people affected by Sandy back to self-sufficiency.

The grant will help increase staffing at the JCCRP food pantry, which has seen an influx of families in need of food as a result of Sandy. The food pantry is now servicing nearly 1,000 people per month, more than double the number of people they served before Sandy. The pantry serves people from all backgrounds, and is the only organization with a Kosher food pantry in the Rockaways.

“The Red Cross was one of the first agencies to send relief to the JCCRP after Sandy hit,” said Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director, JCCRP. “What is remarkable about the Red Cross is that they have not forgotten about us. They continue to be a great source of support and relief to our community and anyone facing a disaster.”

Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said, “The Red Cross is committed to helping people affected by Superstorm Sandy recover, and this grant will enable the JCCRP to continue the great work they’ve been doing since the storm hit.”

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 10 months after the storm. As of August 2013, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous community-based organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy. United Way of Long Island, The Staten Island Foundation, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, National VOAD, Operation Hope, Points of Light Foundation, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Food Bank For New York City, Island Harvest and Health and Welfare Council of Long Island are among these partners. Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and food assistance. 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 the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula:

Since 1972, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) has been providing services on a non-sectarian basis to those in need and advocating issues of concern to the community. JCCRP aids thousands annually by determining the nature and extent of clients’ basic needs and methods of meeting those needs. The JCCRP offers information and referral services about community activities and resources and works collaboratively with governmental and non-governmental organizations for improvements in crime prevention, the expansion of housing, community services, health and social services and similar areas of concern.