Hurricane Sandy Response

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Response

Donations to the Red Cross have helped tens of thousands of people affected by Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, and we are continuing to help people recover and rebuild.

Red Cross Superstorm Sandy Expenses and Commitments Through August 31, 2014 – $310M
The needs from Hurricane Sandy are still great, and the Red Cross continues to help thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Food and Shelter
The Red Cross opens shelters to ensure people have a safe place to stay before, during and after the storm. The Red Cross serves meals at shelters, as well as from emergency response vehicles moving through neighborhoods and fixed feeding sites in affected communities. This includes donations to food banks.
Individual Casework and Assistance
Caseworkers from the Red Cross and other agencies meet with individuals affected by disaster to offer assistance, identify special needs and help them plan their long-term recovery. Assistance can include groceries, clothing, furniture, move-in assistance, security deposits, lodging and other aid to help a family get back on its feet.
Housing and Community Assistance
The Red Cross provides assistance to meet housing needs for those whose homes were most seriously damaged by the disaster. This includes assistance for items such as repairs and rebuilding, mold removal, appliances and volunteer housing.
Relief Items
The Red Cross distributes a range of relief items, including comfort kits with hygiene items like toothbrushes and toothpaste, cleaning supplies, flashlights, batteries, trash bags, cold-weather essentials (gloves, blankets, hand-warmers) and shovels.
Disaster Vehicles, Equipment and Warehousing
Red Cross workers drive through neighborhoods to distribute water, food and relief supplies in more than 300 feeding trucks as well as rental cars, trucks and other vehicles. This also includes costs associated with warehousing, fleet management, fuel and other necessities.
Physical and Mental Health Services
The Red Cross provides physical and emotional support services to clients, which has included first aid and replacement of prescription medicines.
Interagency Coordination
The Red Cross is providing funding to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and other agencies that work to coordinate recovery efforts.
Community Resilience
The Red Cross improves the ability of disaster-impacted communities to respond to future emergencies by purchasing and pre-positioning relief supplies, convening partner organizations and conducting planning and training exercises.

The Red Cross met Sandy's significant damage with our largest U.S. response in five years. Our massive emergency relief effort was powered by more than 17,000 trained workers from all over the country - 90 percent of them volunteers. This response included:
The generosity of our donors enables us to provide emergency relief that continues and longer-term recovery for those most affected, including: 300+ response vehicles, 7M+ relief items, 17M+ meals and snacks, 74K+ overnight stays in shelters, 113K+ emotional support & health contacts, 17K+ trained disaster workers deployed
Our work has been possible because of the compassion and generosity of donors, and at the two-year mark, the Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 99 percent of the money we have raised for our Sandy work.

Thank you for bringing hope to those in need

Information as of August 31, 2014

Recovery Grants

Long-Term Recovery Grants for Superstorm Sandy (as of September 25, 2014)

The American Red Cross is working with nonprofit partners to help people and communities rebuild and recover from the damage and devastation from Superstorm Sandy. The Red Cross has awarded millions of dollars in grants to arange of organizations for programs that provide vital assistance to individuals and families in need after this storm. The following is a list of grants that the Red Cross has announced.

Total: $91.4 million

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Individual Casework Services and Assistance

  • New York Disaster Interfaith Services — $4.417 million
  • NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development — $3 million
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) — $2.5 million
  • Salvation Army — $2.5 million
  • Lutheran Disaster Response — $1.965 million
  • Ocean County Long-Term Recovery Group — $1.85 million
  • Catholic Charities USA — $1.6 million
  • Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church — $1.5 million
  • Catholic Charities Community Services — $1.247 million
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul — $1.241 million
  • Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group — $1.1 million
  • The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island — $1 million
  • United Way of Long Island — $1 million
  • Middlesex County Long-Term Recovery Group — $782,000
  • Operation Hope — $675,000
  • Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey — $600,000
  • Atlantic City Long-Term Recovery Group — $586,000
  • Atlantic Country Long-Term Recovery Group — $586,000
  • National Baptist Convention USA — $506,000
  • Operation Hope — $500,000
  • New York Legal Assistance Group — $500,000
  • Hudson County Long-Term Recovery Committee — $490,000
  • Puerto Rican Association for Human Development — $446,000
  • Make the Road New York — $250,000
  • Volunteer Center of Bergen County — $400,000
  • Cape May County Long-Term Recovery Group — $338,000
  • Puerto Rican Action Committee of Southern New Jersey — $327,000
  • Jewish Community Center of Rockaway Peninsula — $239,000
  • Union County Long-Term Recovery Group — $236,000
  • Essex County Long-Term Recovery Group — $200,000
  • Housing Corporation (formerly Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund; Norwalk, Conn.) — $200,000
  • Ironbound Community Corporation — $175,000
  • The Disability Opportunity Fund — $118,000
  • United Way of Connecticut (211) — $99,000
  • Henry Street Settlement — $80,000
  • New York Cares — $25,000

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Housing and Community Assistance

  • The RREM Gap Funding Initiative — $10 million
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation — $6.946 million
  • Rebuilding Together $2.5 million
  • Habitat for Humanity International$2 million
  • Community Development Corporation of Long Island, LLC — $2 million
  • Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation — $1.672 million
  • Friends of Rockaway — $1.417 million
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance — $1.396 million
  • Points of Light — $1.16 million
  • New York Disaster Interfaith Serivces — $1.15 million
  • Connecticut Rises — $1.05 million
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief — $850,000
  • Mennonite Disaster Service — $800,000
  • HOPE worldwide ind. — $704,000
  • Margert Community Corporation — $700,000
  • The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island — $600,000
  • Center for NYC Neighborhoods — $400,000
  • Brethren Disaster Ministries — $280,000
  • United Way of Coastal Fairfield County — $258,000
  • United Way of Milford — $258,000
  • NECHAMA—Jewish Response to Disaster — $250,000
  • Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. — $200,000
  • Cooper Square Committee — $150,000
  • Operation Hope of Fairfield (Fairfield LTRG) — $150,000
  • HomeFront CT — $100,000

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Food Assistance

  • Food Bank For New York City — $4.983 million
  • City Harvest — $3.7 million
  • Island Harvest$3.012 million
  • Feeding America — $205,000
  • The Community FoodBank of New Jersey — $100,000
  • FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties — $100,000

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Physical and Mental Health Services

  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York — $1.65 million
  • Save the Children $1.5 million
  • FEGS Health & Human Services — $650,000
  • Mental Health Association of New Jersey — $514,000
  • OHEL Children's Home & Family Services — $250,000
  • Partnership with Children — $195,000
  • Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services — $150,000
  • Children’s Health Fund — $100,000
  • Reaching-Out Community Services — $40,000

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Interagency Coordination

  • Brooklyn Community Foundation$1.28 million
  • The Staten Island Foundation $1.25 million
  • National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster — $500,000
  • World Cares Center — $400,000
  • United Way of Long Island — $350,000
  • Church World Service — $305,000
  • World Renew (formerly CRWRC) – $258,000
  • NJ2-1-1/VOAD — $250,000
  • Staten Island Alliance — $51,000
  • Human Services Council of New York — $35,000

News and Press Releases

Long Beach Family Recovers from Sandy
Monday, September 15, 2014 | Raising four young boys in a house less than three blocks from the ocean, Kim Greengus enthusiastically admits that they loved the water. Read more.

Post-Sandy Recovery, Emotional Support is Equally Important
August 4, 2014 | People start to regain a sense of control using techniques they learn from the program. Read more.

Red Cross Continues to Help Sandy Survivors Recover
July 17, 2014 | The Red Cross continues to give help and hope to people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

The Red Cross: Continuing to Help in Sandy Recovery
June 27, 2014 | The American Red Cross has been on-the-ground for 19 months helping people recover from Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Homecoming for Staten Island Family Displaced by Sandy
June 18, 2014 | Read more.

Partnering to Help People Cope with Post-Sandy Stress
June 4, 2014 | Many New Yorkers continue to experience intense, stress-related emotions related to stress caused by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Red Cross and Rebuilding Together Repair Sandy-Damaged Homes
May 8, 2014 | New Jersey families like the Abbates of Little Ferry continue to recover from Sandy. Read more.

Red Cross Awards $200,000 in Sandy Grants to NJ Food Banks
May 6, 2014 | Red Cross awards $100,000 grants to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Read more.

Red Cross Still Helping 18 Months After Sandy
April 29, 2014 | Today marks 18 months since Superstorm Sandy hit New York. The American Red Cross continues to help people recover and rebuild in a number of ways. Read more.

ARC Awards $600K to NJ Episcopal Diocese for Sandy Recovery
April 8, 2014 | This grant will be used to help the residents of these counties who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of the storm. Read more.

American Red Cross Awards $600,000 Sandy Recovery Grant
Tuesday, April 7, 2014 | Red Cross awarded a $600,000 grant for Superstorm Sandy recovery in Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland and Camden Counties. Read more.

Red Cross Sandy Grant for Long Island Volunteer Recovery Program
March 7, 2014 | The Red Cross has awarded a $599,655 grant to the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island to support a disaster recovery center for non-profits and volunteers who will help hundreds of homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy repair their damaged homes. Read more.

Red Cross Awards Sandy Grant to Help Immigrants in Staten Island
March 4, 2014 | The American Red Cross has awarded a $250,000 grant to Make the Road New York. Read more.

Red Cross Helps Fund Home Repairs after Sandy
February 25, 2014 | Read more.

Red Cross Sandy Recovery Grants Help Long Island
February 6, 2014 | Thanks to the support of the Red Cross, the United Way of Long Island has awarded grants totaling $350,000 to support the continuing long-term recovery efforts of local organizations that provide services for people affected by Sandy on Long Island. Read more.

Red Cross Partnership Helps Fund Sandy Home Repairs
January 29, 2014 | The sounds of power saws and hammers are now a memory for Staten Island homeowner Nick Randazzo. Read more.

Volunteers Help Repair Sandy-Damaged Home in Coney Island
January 27, 2014 | Every day, the power of partnerships and people has resulted in progress for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Progress Continues Toward Sandy Recovery
January 7, 2014 | Red Cross works with Friends of Rockaway and Tunnel to Towers to help people recover. Read more.

Red Cross Awards $1.1 Million to NJ Groups for Sandy Recovery
December 19, 2013 | Red Cross has spent or made commitments to spend 92% of the money donated for Sandy. Read more.

Toms River Sandy Couple Back in their Home Now
December 9, 2013 | After 11 months recovery and return are celebrated with red cross staff. Read more.

Red Cross Supports Counseling for Sandy Survivors
December 8, 2013 | The American Red Cross knows that recovering from a disaster involves rebuilding not only homes, but also lives as well. Read more.

Red Cross Awards Nearly $1 Million in Sandy Recovery Grants for Queens
December 4, 2013 | The Red Cross has awarded grants to Margert Community Corporation, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund and Rockaway Youth Task Force. Read more.

Thanksgiving Support from Red Cross in Sandy-Affected Communities
November 28, 2013 | This Thanksgiving, the Greater NY Red Cross is addressing holiday needs in Sandy-affected communities. Read more.

American Red Cross Provides Thanksgiving to Sandy Survivors in NJ
November 26, 2013 | $10K will help provide more than 2,700 Thanksgiving meals to Sandy survivors. Read more.

Red Cross Donations Help Staten Island Recover from Sandy
November 19, 2013 | Red Cross donations for people affected by Superstorm Sandy continue to help in recovery. Read more.

Hudson, Union & Essex Groups Receive $925,000 for Sandy Recovery
November 7, 2013 | Red Cross awards 3 grants totaling $925,000 to Long Term Recovery Groups in Hudson, Union & Essex Counties. Read more.

Red Cross & Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Give $15.2 Million
October 30, 2013 | New program administered through New Jersey Community Capital will provide RREM approved homeowners up to $30,000 for rebuilding costs. Read more.

Middlesex County Group Receives Red Cross Sandy Recovery Grant
October 15, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded a $782,000 grant to the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Ocean & Monmouth County Groups Receive Nearly $3 Million in Grants for Sandy Recovery
October 9, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs roundtables formed to help disaster-affected Monmouth and Ocean County households. Read more.

Atlantic County & Atlantic City Groups Receive $1.1M in Grants
September 19, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling more than $1.1 million to the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group and the Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Sandy. Read more.

American Red Cross Awards $10 Million in Grants to Eight Non Profit Groups for Superstorm Sandy Recovery
August 14, 2013 | The American Red Cross has awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to eight national nonprofit organizations for recovery programs and services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

Red Cross Awards Two Grants in Bergen County for Sandy Recovery
July 31, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling $600,000 to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc. Read more.

Red Cross Awards $2 Million Grant to Habitat for Humanity
July 10, 2013 | The American Red Cross today awarded a $2 million grant to Habitat for Humanity International to repair homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy across the state of New Jersey. Read more.

Red Cross Awards Grant to NY Disaster Interfaith Services for Sandy Recovery
July 02, 2013 | The American Red Cross has awarded a $2,968,424 grant to New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read more.

United Methodist Receive $1.5 mil. Grant for Sandy Recovery
June 28, 2013 | The American Red Cross today awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church for Superstorm Sandy recovery work with the elderly, disabled and low-income families. Read more.

Red Cross Gives Grant to Friends of Rockaway for Sandy Recovery
June 26, 2013 | Donations to the American Red Cross are helping Felix Lyons prepare his home for an addition to the family. His wife, Lintia, is due to give birth to the couple’s fourth child on August 28. Read more.

Red Cross Donations at Work Feeding Families Affected by Sandy
June 19, 2013 | The American Red Cross continues to help people affected by Sandy every day by partnering with local organizations through grant awards. Island Harvest, a food bank for Long Island, is one such partner organization. Read more.

Red Cross Gives Grant to Brooklyn Foundation for Sandy Recovery
May 30, 2013 | The American Red Cross awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Brooklyn Community Foundation to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in the borough’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Read more.

One Year Mark Approaches - Red Cross Sandy Report Released
Friday, October 25, 2013 | The American Red Cross has released a one-year Superstorm Sandy report detailing its response and recovery work to help residents affected by this historic storm, which made landfall on October 29, 2012. Read more.

Red Cross Helps Far Rockaway, NY Family after Sandy
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 | After Superstorm Sandy destroyed their Far Rockaway apartment, Alan and Shaquana Watson feared that they would be forced to leave the neighborhood where they had spent their whole lives. Today, with the help of the American Red Cross, the Watsons have moved into a brand new apartment in their old neighborhood. Read more.

Red Cross Awards Nearly $6 million in Grants for Sandy Recovery
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Recovery from something like Sandy takes time and help from many different groups in the community. Read More.

Red Cross Six-Month Report On How Help Continues After Sandy.
Thursday, April 24, 2013 | The Red Cross issued six-month progress report on its work to help people affected by Superstorm Sandy. Read More.

Red Cross Still Helping Victims of Sandy
Friday, March 29, 2013 | Months after Sandy’s landfall, the Red Cross is still lending a hand. Read More.

Two Far Rockaway Residents Come Home
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | As it had for hundreds of others in the New York area displaced by Sandy, the Red Cross provided needed resources. Read More.

Red Cross Issues Progress Report on Sandy Response and Recovery
Tuesday, February 29, 2013 | With widespread support from people and businesses from across the country and around the world, the American Red Cross is helping people counter sorrow with hope. Read More.

Red Cross Partners with Island Harvest to Feed Sandy Victims
Monday, February 25, 2013 | The American Red Cross and Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, have partnered to ensure continued delivery of meals to thousands still in need. Read More.

Red Cross Volunteers Go the Extra Mile to Assist Sandy Victims
Monday, January 28, 2013 | Red Cross volunteers are the heart and soul of disaster relief, consistently going the extra mile to get individuals and families back on their feet in the face of devastation. Read More.

Red Cross Helps Sandy Victims Begin Again
Friday, January 25, 2013 | Red Cross workers know that encouragement and emotional support are vital for community restoration. Read More.

Red Cross Recovery Efforts to Help Sandy Survivors
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | The Red Cross, which will spend an estimated $110 million by the end of December on Superstorm Sandy emergency relief. Read More.

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Community Voices

From New York

“As we approach the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, we are all grateful to the Red Cross for their assistance in helping people throughout the 8th congressional district rebuild their lives and repair the neighborhoods decimated by the storm. During the last two years, my office has worked closely with the Red Cross on all aspects of the relief and recovery effort. We are deeply appreciative for their assistance.”

— U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries

“Two years after Sandy made landfall, the Red Cross continues to help people recover. They have been a constant partner with my office, my colleagues in government whose communities were impacted by Sandy, and with the victims of Sandy within those communities, as we all forge ahead with not only recovery, but readiness and resiliency for the future. I applaud and thank everyone from the Red Cross, especially the volunteers, for their continued commitment and dedication.”

— NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (Queens)

“Since the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross has continued to be a reliable long-term partner to the people of Staten Island. Their campaign to educate the public about disaster preparedness will be beneficial and ensure that all New Yorkers know what to do when disaster strikes. To date, they’ve helped hundreds of Staten Islanders move back into their homes and receive the services they need.”

NYS Assembly Member Joseph Borelli (Staten Island)

“My administration was happy to partner with the Red Cross to provide residents with shelters during Superstorm Sandy. I thank the Red Cross for their continuing relief efforts.”

— Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano

“As New York City marks the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, it must be noted that the American Red Cross in Greater New York has been the primary source of charitable recovery support to tens of thousands of survivors - as well as the non-profit human services sector. Through the generosity of the American people, the Red Cross has been a vital lifeline to New Yorkers who would otherwise still be struggling to live a basic day-to-day existence. Through community partnerships, NYDIS was able to amplify over $5 Million in Red Cross grant funding into $12 Million for distribution through the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtables in each borough - directly facilitating the sustainable recovery of 1,700 of vulnerable survivor families – we hope to reach 3,000 over the next year. The generosity of the American people, through the Red Cross, NYDIS and our partners, is evident in this City’s recovery every single day and in every impacted neighborhood.”

Peter Gudaitis, Chief Response Officer, New York Disaster Interfaith Services

“Without the commitment and support of the Red Cross, we would not have been able to rebuild one home. With their help, via grants and resources, we're up to 60 homes rebuilt and counting. Had the Red Cross not stepped in and kick-started our group of volunteers, our organization would have raised the white flag a long time ago. With over 100 more homes to go, the Red Cross behind us and we are extremely motivated to complete our goal of rebuilding for those still in need of support post-Sandy. Thank you for fueling the drive we need to keep going.”

Michael Sinensky, Founder, Friends of Rockaway

From New Jersey

“The American Red Cross has been a strong partner with the State of New Jersey, both in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and throughout the long-term recovery process. The American Red Cross’s dedication and generosity has had a palpable impact on the State and its residents.”

—Terrence Brody, Executive Director, N.J. Governor’s Office of Recovery & Rebuilding

“When Superstorm Sandy made landfall two years ago, the American Red Cross was there from the start to help New Jersey families recover from the devastation. In the early parts of the recovery efforts the Red Cross assisted families to transition out of FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program and return home or locate sustainable housing. Work continues through Red Cross recovery grants made to organizations throughout the state helping families recover and rebuild. This includes a significant grant to fund the Gap Funding Initiative, a program offering grants to eligible homeowners in New Jersey’s RREM program. Thanks to Red Cross support, thousands of New Jersey families are on the road to recovery.”

—Richard E. Constable III, Commissioner, N.J. Department of Community Affairs

“In the two years following Superstorm Sandy, the American Red Cross has continued to demonstrate its commitment to the community. In addition to their nonstop work helping those impacted by Sandy, the Red Cross has been educating people how to be better prepared for disasters. I have been alongside Red Crossers as they visited schools and attended local events bringing important preparedness information to New Jersey families. This dedication to preparedness helps ensure New Jerseyans are ready for the next storm that may threaten our area. I commend the Red Cross for their dedication to preparedness and am grateful for the remarkable and impactful work of its volunteers.”

— Annette Quijano, Chairwoman, N.J. Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness

“The generosity and support of the Red Cross has given OCLTRG the opportunity to make a huge impact throughout Ocean County and become the lead organization for residents to turn to for their recovery efforts.”

— Susan Marticek, Executive Director, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group

“As a result of the American Red Cross funding, NJVOAD and the VOAD community in New Jersey are stronger, and communities throughout New Jersey are better positioned to experience a full recovery.”

— Kelly D. Higgs, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Coordinator, N.J. Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD)

“We continue to value our partnership with the American Red Cross; working together to rebuild homes and lives in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.”

— Keith Adams, Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey

"With the help of the American Red Cross, the Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group has been able to help many homeowners recover from the disaster of Superstorm Sandy. We look forward to helping many more homeowners."

— Eric Nedelkoff, Executive Director, Monmouth County Long-Term Recovery Group

“Coming from a small municipality, BrigStrong quickly depleted its resources in responding to Brigantine’s victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consequently, BrigStrong became dependent on REVIVE. Through the significant resources provided by the American Red Cross, BrigStrong was able to continue supporting the unmet needs of Brigantineers.”

— Tom Milhous, Vice Chair, BrigStrong (Brigantine Long-Term Recovery Group) and REVIVE (Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group).

“As we mark two years of Sandy relief and recovery, we are extremely grateful to the American Red Cross for their response in our communities, not only during the initial relief but even now during the continued and difficult recovery phase. Our partnership with the American Red Cross allows us to reach more storm survivors and affect more lives than would otherwise be possible. Once again the American Red Cross has been a beacon of hope in our communities around the state.”

— Bobbie Ridgely, Executive Director, A Future With Hope