STAMFORD, Conn. -- One year after Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast, the Stamford-based AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program continues to work to meet the medical and mental health needs of the survivors.
To date, the program has provided $6.5 million in aid, benefiting an estimated 450,000 Sandy survivors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The program focuses on restoring access to medical care and mental health services in the most devastated communities.
In Staten Island, N.Y., which had the highest number of storm-related fatalities in New York City, AmeriCares is working with the YMCA of Greater New York to offer counseling services to children affected by the storm.
In Ocean County, N.J., where an estimated 26,000 people are still displaced due to the storm, the program is funding two disaster case managers to help connect elderly and disabled Sandy survivors with support services.
In Gerritsen Beach, N.Y., AmeriCares is funding a mobile mental health clinic that provides clinical care, case management services and mental health education.
In the Rockaways, it is supporting an urban gardening project and delivery of free, healthy meals in neighborhoods where grocery stores are still closed.
In Coney Island, N.Y., where a major health clinic is still shuttered, the program is funding community health workers to screen residents for health care needs and connect them to services.
“We have not forgotten Sandy survivors,” Curt Welling, AmeriCares president and chief executive said in a statement. “A year later, there is still tremendous need. Our programs ensure the most vulnerable survivors have access to medical care, counseling and other support services that will ease the recovery.”
Click here for more details about AmeriCares long-term response to the storm in its Sandy one-year report.