Disaster Response & Recovery

Catholic Charities provides help when disasters strike.  From the World Trade Center disaster to Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities served as the premier provider and coordinator of disaster relief. 

Our professional staff and volunteers visit parishes to deliver information and resources.  We collect and distribute food and supplies.  We tailor our response to meet individual needs. We provide help. We create hope.  We rebuild lives.   

Our case managers continue to provide long-term assistance for people impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  Our professional staff answers questions about recovery.  They help plan how to address long-term needs.  They connect people to community resources.  They determine what financial assistance may still be available.  And they advocate with service providers.

Our Catholic Charities Disaster Case Management Program partners with fellow key providers of disaster relief.  It has been working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security, the New York City Office of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and multiple partner agencies.  

Individuals still affected by Superstorm Sandy can call the Sandy Referral Line we operate at: 855-258-0483 

Monday - Friday: 9 AM to 5 PM

All Saints Day Prayers Following Halloween Attack

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Today, during All Saints Day, Catholic Charities NY prays for those maimed and killed, for their families and friends, and for all of us after yet another senseless terrorist attack, this time yesterday in Lower Manhattan.

The latest updates from Estoy Con Puerto

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

Determining Needs, Rounding Up Donations & Deliverying Supplies

Hurricane Survivors Pack New York City Service Center for Help

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Refugees from recent hurricanes, particularly Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, are fleeing in records numbers to family in New York City, home to one of the largest Puerto Rican populations in the nation.  These displaced persons are turning for help to a new city service center, a one-stop shop for critical services set up for them by New York City and supported by Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross and more.  Find out what it is like on the front lines in this first-person report by Catholic Charities Case Management Superv

On-the-Ground Look at Relief & Recovery in Puerto Rico

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo Describes First Relief Flight to the Island

With telecommunication lines down it has been frustratingly hard to find out what’s happening on the ground in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  Thankfully, we scored and are sharing this just-released JustLove radio episode with its inside scoop from Assemblyman Marcos Crespo on his firsthand experience of the storm's devastation.


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Latest in Puerto Rico Recovery: No Water, No Power & Trailers Stuck at the Port

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

First-Hand from New York Foundling in Puerto Rico

Check out this just-updated Puerto Rico hurricane recovery report from New York Foundling, a Catholic Charities affiliate that typically cares for nearly 1,500 children at more than 42 Head Start programs throughout island.

On Sept. 27, Teresa Santiago, a Hispanic media and community consultant for archdiocesan Catholic Charities, gratefully learned that her 99-year-old grandmother was OK in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

The next day, Ms. Santiago, a New York-born daughter of Puerto Rican parents, played a leading role during a relief-effort news conference at the New York Catholic Center in Manhattan.

Latest Update on Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery

Posted on October 12, 2017 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

From Caritas Puerto Rico