Thursday, November 1, 2012

Weathering Sandy - How Catholic Charities helped the most vulnerable through Superstorm Sandy

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Homelessness, disability, poverty – these problems don’t take a day off for inclement weather, and neither can the men and women who devote their lives to helping others overcome these obstacles. And so while most of the District hunkered down, Catholic Charities staff at our shelters, food service programs, and group homes geared up to ensure a safe passage through the storm.

Here’s a look at their work over the past few days:

1,101 homeless men and women stayed in one of Catholic Charities’ five emergency shelters on Monday night during the peak of the storm, with many staff members working extra shifts to ensure the safety and comfort of all.

These shelters, normally open at night, stayed open all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, to ensure that no one was out in the elements while Sandy hung over the area.

Young adults in Catholic Charities’ Independent Living and Teen Parent program met with case managers before the storm to ensure they were well-stocked with food and water and up-to-date with weather and safety information.

Catholic Charities’ ACT Team, which provides mobile services to people with profound mental illness, checked in on both Monday and Tuesday to ensure their vulnerable clients had food and a safe place to stay.

At Catholic Charities’ group homes for adults living with developmental disabilities, some staff had trouble commuting to work in Sandy’s aftermath. On-duty staff immediately stepped up to work extra hours, ensuring the adults under their care were never left alone.

On Monday Catholic Charities’ Enterprises made sure that the homebound elderly received enough meals to tide them through the storm. Staff also showed up very early Wednesday morning to begin preparation of that day’s meal to seniors.

At Catholic Charities’ TEN program for homeless families, each parent was briefed on emergency preparedness that helped them face the storm fearlessly and neighbors worked together to help each other when a few apartments lost power.

And we’re very happy to report there’s been no major damage to any of our facilities. Our thanks goes out to staff, volunteers, and friends whose hard work and generous support helps us carry out our ministries to those in need no matter what the weather. 

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More Sandy Coverage

Helping Others Weather the Storm - posted by The Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington
Catholic community helps East Coast prepare for Hurricane Sandy - posted by DFW Catholic