Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) greatly appreciates your support of our Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts. Our continued work would not be possible without donors like you!
Hurricane Sandy's first anniversary is closely approaching and since the storm hit, K.I.D.S. has been on the ground providing families with over $20 million worth of basic essentials, including clothing, shoes, books, educational materials and baby products.
K.I.D.S.' efforts do not end there! In the last few months, K.I.D.S. has worked with various local community partners - The Legacy Center, Project Hospitality, and New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) - to develop a long-term recovery plan that will best serve families in need.
Please read below to learn more about these new initiatives:
1) Earlier this year, K.I.D.S. partnered with The Legacy Center to provide for the material needs of Hurricane Sandy victims, particularly home goods. This is where the Extreme Home Makeover project was birthed! Our Extreme Home Makeover initiative seeks to restore, repair, and refurnish the homes of Sandy victims in remodeling the homes of families who were heavily hit by Sandy. To date, many families’ homes are still in disarray, but thanks to your support and the birth of this initiative, families will be given an opportunity to go home again.
2) K.I.D.S. has teamed up with New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), an organization that provides disaster readiness, response, and recovery services to New York City. With the support of K.I.D.S., NYDIS will assist families with small children through direct financial assistance.
3) K.I.D.S. has been working with Project Hospitality (PH) in Staten Island since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise has been provided for local Staten Island residents. This year, Project Hospitality and K.I.D.S. is focusing its efforts on immigrant and special needs families that have not yet been connected to social services. For example, several months ago a special needs family arrived at Project Hospitality’s relief tent in the outer boroughs of NYC – they were scared, hungry, and homeless. Although they received an award from FEMA after losing their home, they unknowingly used that money to pay for hotel costs.
They did not understand that FEMA would pay for hotel fees, in addition to their award.
Thanks to K.I.D.S., Project Hospitality will continue to work with families in dire need of support post-Sandy. In addition, outreach teams will work with special needs and underserved immigrant populations, including Russian, Turkish, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups.
Stay tuned to learn more about K.I.D.S.’ continued Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts!
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