Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has recently received a grant from the American Red Cross for use in helping those affected by hurricane Sandy. The grant, totaling $1.6 million, will be utilized by local CCUSA member agencies who have already been providing direct services to disaster survivors in need. These additional funds are meant to continue these efforts, especially for the particularly vulnerable groups the local member agencies have identified. These vulnerable populations include the elderly, the undocumented, the homeless and children under the age of 18. Specifically the vast majority of these funds will go to direct client assistance, allowing them to help with home repairs, rent and utility payments, relocation costs and other financial needs, such as the purchasing of household items. A smaller portion of funds will help with long term relief training and staffing in preparation for a long-term recovery effort.
“We are the first people on the ground before, during and long after a disaster strikes, which puts us in a unique position to really understand a community’s needs and makes us an invaluable asset to first responders and our partners,” said Father Larry Snyder, president of CCUSA. “Thanks to the generosity of the Red Cross, and other partner organizations, we will continue to provide support to our local agencies still reeling from the effects of Sandy until those affected have rebuilt.”
Sandy is the largest Red Cross domestic relief effort in five years. Catholic Charities USA was one of eight non-profit organizations who received grants from the Red Cross, overall totaling $10 million. These grants will help contribute to the long-term recovery of communities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland and West Virginia.
Visit the American Red Cross website for additional information.