In our continual effort to rebuild and renew Staten Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we are in the process of opening a “point of contact” office at 82 Marine Way. This location will serve many purposes; three in particular:
Sandy was a traumatic and life-changing event. This office will offer free counseling for anyone in need. More than anything, we want people to know that there is hope, and they can and will make it through this.
We will assist people with contacting and obtaining any/all assistance, wherever it is available. This will include government, legal and non-profit avenues as well as other means that deem appropriate for their circumstance(s).
We will continue to bring in volunteers to conduct clean-up, painting and light construction. We will remain committed to assisting the people of the community with rebuilding as well as helping them realize that this is a process which requires time and patience.
We appreciate all the support the Lord has and will use you to give.
Thank you and may God Bless you.
-Pastor Steven Martino
Focused Recovery Locations
Linda Restaino stands in front of a message written by her son on the boarded up back wall of her property which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy in New Dorp Beach, Staten Island, on November 14, 2012. Restaino, who has lived at the property for 35 years, is now hoping to leave Staten Island. (Reuters/Mike Segar)
89 year old World War II veteran Michael Arbinni
outside his home on Midland Beach Staten Island
From left Joseph Ciavardone, Bobby Rasmussen and Carlo Loporto
Pastor Joseph Paul Morrissey holds his pocket Bible standing on the ruins of his home in the low lying Oakwood neighborhood on Staten Island
Kulib Abass a New York City Cab driver with his son Hassan in the remains of his house on Kissam Avenue Staten Island
Sheila and Dominic Traina
These pictures are a brief look into the devestation that fell on the residents of the North Shore on Staten Island.
Many lost thier belongings as well as their houses. So many were prevented from ever entering thier house again due to unsafe structures.
Please join us in a effort to help restore the lives and rebiuld the homes of the many men, women and families that have no other form of help except what you are willing to offer.
(Photos by: Reuters/Mike Segar)