Though the actual waters and storm winds have receded from Coney Island, Seagate, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach, the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy has paralyzed these communities and has destroyed JCCGCI's facilities. Thousands have suffered crippling losses, left with only the proverbial clothing on their backs.
JCCGCI's offices coordinate local and city wide services, assist approximately 2,500 needy individuals daily and 10,000 annually with various senior citizens, vocational, and educational services, and offer capacity building technical assistance to non-profits in all five boroughs in NYC. With the advent of Hurricane Sandy, JCCGCI's services been severely impacted leaving large numbers of seniors without meals or homecare or transportation. JCCGCI's central offices were totally destroyed when the hurricane flooded the building with six foot high sea water. Not only was all the equipment, furniture, and files ruined, the walls, ceilings and floors were structurally damaged as well. The damage is so extensive that estimates of restoring JCCGCI's facilities stand at over 1 million dollars in repairs for the main office alone.
Thanks to the dedication and resilience of our staff and with the assistance of advanced technology, we were able to quickly restore critical services and reestablish contact with our client and staff base. But our staff remain displaced, striving to maintain vital services under highly adverse conditions.
The time to respond is NOW as even for those who are lucky enough to be insured, such payments can take weeks and months to process. The need is pressing and critical as so many families are living in unsafe conditions with countless actually homeless.
Rabbi Moshe Wiener - Executive Director Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc.
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island expresses profound gratitude to the following funding sources which have served as “first responders” to our Hurricane Sandy recovery and restoration efforts, through the allocation of generous emergency grants to our organization (funders are listed in the order we received their grant award notification):
The Board of Directors and staff of
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI)
express profound appreciation to the following organizations
who opened their doors and hearts
and demonstrated extraordinary and magnanimous kindness
in hosting large numbers of JCCGCI staff
who were displaced after Hurricane Sandy
destroyed our offices:
Selfhelp Community Services
Stuart C. Kaplan, CEO ® Elihu Kover, Vice President, Nazi Victim Services ®
Shorefront Jewish Community Council
Tatiana Shlomovich, President ® Rachel Krich, Site Director
Haber House Senior Center
Etty Friedman, Director ® Gail Gutman, Assistant Director
Sea Gate Association
Pinny Dembitzer, President ® Tami J. Maldonado, Community Manager