Supporters and Friends,
On October 29th,
Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge hit the New York City area flooding
streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the
city. The impact of the storm affected the lives of many
individuals and businesses alike. The Spanish Speaking Elderly
Council-RAICES (“RAICES”) was not immune to the impact of the storm.
Unfortunately, one of the storm’s heaviest hit areas
was the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York. Home to RAICES’
Red Hook Senior Center located at 6 Wolcott Street. The Center
was totally destroyed by the storm with over five feet of water/sewage
damaging all furniture, fixtures, inventory, appliances, computer
equipment, etc. RAICES has estimated losses and expenses of
nearly $103,000. Unfortunately, only a small portion of which is
likely to be covered by insurance.
RAICES found a temporary facility and continued to serve the elderly
and disabled and everyone else in the community in need of meals,
clothing, and case assistance. The RAICES staff and volunteers
were available at the facility at 8:00 am and stayed opened late
(sometimes until midnight) seven days a week. Food was prepared
at other RAICES sites, and delivered daily. Our own “meals on
heels” home delivery of meals program was adapted to include
individuals and families who were unable to visit the facility on
their own. In all over 6,000 meals were distributed from October
30th through December 1st , 2012.
Your support is
urgently needed for the recovery of the Red Hook Senior Center and
RAICES’ programs in general. A tax-deductible contribution can
be made by visiting the
NY Charities website by clicking
here, or by mailing a check directly to RAICES at 460 Atlantic
Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
friends like you, the Spanish Speaking Elderly Council-RAICES is
committed and continues to meet the special needs of minority and low
income older adults in New York.
José R. Ortiz