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  • Catholic Charities receives grant for disaster assistance

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  • HERKIMER — Through grant funding from Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany has established a disaster response and recovery office to aid in the long-term recovery from the 2013 flooding in Herkimer and Montgomery counties.
    The program will focus on helping flood victims find resources and services to assist in their recovery.
    “This grant, made possible by the generous contributions from Catholic parishes throughout the country, will help our neighbors who are still recovering from the devastating floods,” said Bishop Howard Hubbard, Bishop of the Albany Diocese and board president of Catholic Charities, in a news release.
    “We have developed some very good expertise in the area of flood recovery,” said Vincent Colonno, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, in the news release. “Through this grant we will be able to use that expertise and trained program personnel to help flood survivors from Herkimer, Fort Plain, Ilion, Mohawk, Little Falls and the other areas affected by this summer’s floods.”
    Catholic Charities has become the place where many people in the region have turned to find the support needed to secure services and resources, according to the release. Utilizing local Catholic Charities agencies in the area, the disaster response and recovery office will function as a coordinated and centralized point of service where survivors can find help navigating the programs available to assist in flood recovery, according to the release. Wilhelmina Murray-Davis has been appointed the program director, with Brandon Ronca and Theresa Scanlon as disaster case managers. All three have experience in disaster case management.
    The disaster response and recovery office will work out of Catholic Charities offices in Herkimer County and Montgomery County. Individual assistance will include, but is not limited to, foundation repair, wall repair, replacement of furnishings, furnaces, hot water tanks, appliances, mold mitigation, septic and well issues and roof repairs.
    All individuals affected by the floods are encouraged to get in touch to see if they qualify for assistance, according to the release.
    Catholic Charities helps all people, regardless of faith, race, creed, background or lifestyle.
    For more information, or to learn about available assistance, contact 894-9917.
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