Catholic Charities to Open Hurricane Irma Recovery Centers to Further Help Victims of Hurricane Irma

Catholic Charities Communications Office
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach
September 29, 2017

Hurricane Irma
Recovery Centers
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Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
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Continuing with its efforts to provide hurricane relief and services to those in our area who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is expanding its outreach assistance and next week will open Recovery Centers to provide assistance to those still struggling after the storm.

 

On Tuesday, October 3, Catholic Charities will open Hurricane Irma Recovery Centers at four locations located within the Diocese of Palm Beach. The recovery centers will provide a variety of services to those in the community who suffered hurricane-related losses. Among the services offered will include an assessment of family needs, basic needs assistance, and information and referrals. Catholic Charities is the social services arm of the Diocese of Palm Beach.

 

Catholic Charities Recovery Centers will be open in the cities of Ft. Pierce, Pahokee, and Belle Glade. Day and times of operation will vary from location, with the centers operating afternoon and evenings to accommodate the working schedules of those who need assistance. The services at the center are available for anyone to utilize. Staff and volunteers who speak Spanish and Creole will also be at those Recovery Centers. Catholic Charities USA is providing support to the efforts of the local Catholic Charities. The lead organization sent four staff members from Catholic Charities in South Carolina to assist local staff to establish the Recovery Centers and to help local residents.

 

Locations and operating hours of the Catholic Charities Recovery Centers as well as items/paperwork people should bring with them when they go to a center are listed on the charity’s website at www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org as well as on www.diocesepb.org or people may contact Carol Rodriguez at 561-345-2005.

 

Since Hurricane Irma first struck the local area, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach has been collaborating with local emergency officials and other nonprofits in providing short-term assistance such as food and water distribution, and participating as a member of the Caring Community Coalition for Disaster Relief which helped address the unmet recovery needs of individuals and families impact by Hurricane Irma in Palm Beach County. For a two-week period, the Caring Coalition members provided services at seven short-term locations. Now Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is stepping up its work and moving into the next phase of relief and recovery services by opening its own Recovery Centers.

 

Because of its involvement in disaster recovery, Catholic Charities became aware of the need to provide long-term assistance after the Caring Coalition’s sites closed.

 

“There are people who are not eligible for FEMA assistance and others who are just now recognizing what is their actual damage. Some people have been out of work since the hurricane and are now falling behind on their monthly bills.  It is our mission to help all in need without regard to religion, said Sheila Gomez, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach.”

 

Catholic Charities is also accepting financial donations to help provide long-term assistance and programs. Those interested in making a donation can make a donation online at www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org/donate

 

“Often after a natural disaster, the challenges to regain stability last a long time, sometimes even years…and Catholic Charities will be helping for the long-run,” added Gomez.

 

Catholic Charities expects to keep its Recovery Centers open as long as needed. After such time, similar services will continue to be available at the offices of Catholic Charities at St. Mary’s Center in Pahokee and St. Francis Center in Riviera Beach.

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Locations & Operation Hours of Catholic Charities Hurricane Irma Recovery Centers

Date Day Time Service Location City
Oct. 3 Tues. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame Catholic Mission
217 N. US Hwy. 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950

Ft. Piece

Oct. 4 Wed. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Center, Catholic Charities
1200 E. Main Street, Pahokee, FL 33476
Pahokee
Oct. 5 Thurs. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m.
St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church
710 S. Main St., Belle Glade 33430
Belle Glade
Oct. 6 Fri.

3:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.

Centro Pastoral Hispano Juan Diego
(San Juan Diego Hispanic Center)
401 S. 30th Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947
Ft. Pierce
Oct. 10 Tues. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m 
Notre Dame Catholic Mission
217 N. US Hwy. 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Ft. Pierce
Oct. 11 Wed. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m
St. Mary’s Center, Catholic Charities
1200 E. Main Street, Pahokee, FL 33476
Pahokee
Oct. 12 Thurs. 2:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m
St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church
710 S. Main St., Belle Glade 33430
Belle Glade
Oct. 13 Fri.

3:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.

Centro Pastoral Hispano Juan Diego (San Juan Diego Hispanic Center)
401 S. 30th Street, Ft. Pierce, FL 34947
Ft. Pierce

 

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About Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 12 social services and ministries throughout eight locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, families, and homeless. Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities. Visit www.catholiccharitiesdpb.org

 

About the Diocese of Palm Beach
The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 225,749 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its elementary, middle and high schools. Visit www.diocesepb.org

 

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