National Guard Brings Food, Water to Settlement Headquarters
November 1, 2012 - By Henry Street Settlement
Henry Street and nearly all of lower Manhattan remain without power, but the Settlement is inching toward recovery.
In addition to keeping our shelter residents supplied with food, water and necessities like flashlights and batteries, a layer of warmth was added today — blankets and socks were distributed to combat the colder weather.
Significant progress was made pumping water from the basements our flooded buildings, made possible with support from State Senator Daniel Squadron and the New York City Housing Authority, who facilitated the availability of high speed pumps.
The agency received multiple donations of food, both from FEMA — and transported here by the National Guard (it was quite a site to see a National Guard truck filled with supplies pull up in front of the Settlement) — and from a good Samaritan who brought two SUV-loads of individually packed bags of groceries to distribute to neighborhood residents.
"We are grateful that our elected officials listen to the needs of the community and are responding by bringing in meaningful levels of food and supplies to residents who need them," said David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street, who added a special note of appreciation to State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who set up a mobile cell phone charging station in the neighborhood used by many Henry Street clients.
Garza has been in daily contact with local elected officials to help coordinate relief efforts in the neighborhood and noted that today's National Guard delivery to the agency was coordinated by Diane Rubin, Chief Program Officer.
The Community Consultation Center, our health clinic, was open to handle emergencies and provide medication to clients. The staff there also prepared a hot meal for the residents of our supportive housing facility on East Third Street.
On Friday, efforts will be focused on house bound clients; teams of volunteers and staff will visit residents to assess needs and deliver vital supplies.
The Henry Street server is still not functioning, and we are unable to receive or send e-mails.