On Wednesday, October 30, the JCCRP hosted a special food distribution with New York City commissioners, commemorating the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years and that the storm damage is still affecting hundreds of people on a daily basis.
The JCCRP staff was joined by the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s commissioner, Feniosky Peña-Mora, and several of DDC’s devoted volunteers. In addition, they were joined by the NYC Department of Transportation’s Queens Borough commissioner, Dalila Hall, and several volunteers from the DOT.
Among the attendees was Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, who pointed out, “It isn’t only physical damage, but tremendous emotional struggles that these people are facing. It’s easy to look at a broken building and see what needs to be fixed, but dealing with the emotional trauma isn’t as simple. During the past two years, however, we have seen an unbelievable amount of resiliency, and although there’s work to be done, the extent to which people have been able to rebuild their lives is truly admirable.”
During the food distribution, the commissioners and the assemblyman worked hands-on, doing whatever was needed for the JCCRP’s clients, from packaging vegetables to walking them through the food pantry, helping them select food and other items in a sensitive, down-to-earth manner. The commissioners’ work and the assemblyman’s comments reflect the attitude that we need to have toward rebuilding after the hurricane; we need to follow their example and continue to work to rebuild in a pragmatic manner, while working individually with our clients in a compassionate and hopeful way.
The JCCRP is a proud affiliate of Met Council and a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of NY. The JCCRP provides a range of services for any clients who need assistance in social services or resource directing within the community. The JCCRP is located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place) in Far Rockaway. To learn more, call 718-327-7755 or visit www.jccrp.org.