It is hard to believe that one year has passed since communities from West Virginia to Connecticut were affected by the fury and might of Superstorm Sandy.
I visited the areas affected shortly thereafter and it was impossible not to be struck by the awesome power of nature and its ability to wipe out entire communities. Neighborhoods were swept away, giant banks of sand loomed where playgrounds used to sit; it was enough to take your breath away. But I also saw the fearless resolve of the emergency responders on the ground – Catholic Charities staff and volunteers who saw the need and rushed to assist the devastated areas without hesitation, providing warm meals, a change of clothes, or even just a hug.
Their work in the immediate days after Sandy’s impact was felt was just the beginning of their commitment to serve those communities. Today, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) released a report with just a small sampling of the work that has been done to respond to the need in the last year. In the months since Hurricane Sandy, CCUSA has raised upwards of $14 million for Catholic Charities agencies affected by Hurricane Sandy – this has been only possible because of the generosity of spirit displayed by donors across the nation.
Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster operations team and local agencies will continue its work been working to rebuild the lives forever altered by the fury of the storm, and are committed to doing so long after the disaster is gone from front page headlines, because we know that is when the long-term recovery and rebuilding begins.