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Catholic Charities Joins Gov. Cuomo Announcing More Help for Puerto Rican Hurricane Survivors

Posted on July 26, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Ten Months Later & Still Shoveling Out Mud

Catholic Charities Executive Director Mgr. Kevin Sullivan joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and four fellow New Yorkers leaders in a delegation this week to Puerto Rico that assessed damage remaining from Hurricanes Irma and Maria and announced new commitments to help Puerto Ricans recover.

Together they witnessed how, ten months later, people are still shoveling mud out of their houses; garbage is piled on the sides of the road and blue tarps replace tin roofs that used to cover homes.  

So, surrounded by delegation members, Gov. Cuomo pledged an additional $2 Million to support more than 11,000 displaced Hurricane Maria victims now living in New York.

The visit, inspired by New York's close connection to Puerto Rico, marked the most recent of several made by Catholic Charities, state representatives and fellow New York leaders.  Over 1.1 million Puerto Ricans live in New York, making the state second only to Puerto Rico as these islanders’ home.   Fleeing the disaster still left from the hurricane, more join them in New York every day.

 “Catholic Charities is committed to long-term efforts to help with recovery and also to providing needed services to thousands of evacuees from Puerto Rico now living in New York,” Msgr. Sullivan said when he took his turn among the speakers.  Fellow delegation members included New York State Budget Director Robert Mujica, Assembly Member Marcos Crespo, Ibero-American Action League President Hilda Escher and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz.

Already Catholic Charities NY has helped head up fundraising efforts, delivering funds directly to our affiliates based in Puerto Rico including New York Foundling’s Puerto Rican services and Caritas Puerto Rico.

Catholic Charities staff also help man a New York City service center in East Harlem set up to assist hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico and other affected areas (US Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida) who came to temporarily or permanently resettle in NYC. 

“Partnering with government, other nonprofits, labor, educational institutions, the private sector and others,” Msgr. Sullivan said, “is critical for the successful rebuilding of this important part of the United States.”

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