This week the glass is more than half empty for me!
After the devastation caused last week by natural disasters, Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and by the student stabbings in the Bronx, I, like so many others, am deeply pained.
I spent a good part of this week working on how Catholic Charities of NY might be of support for the individuals and families suffering in Puerto Rico. Some of my time was spent talking with elected officials and staff in Washington D.C., other time with nonprofit and business leaders. Both the sadness and resolve was intense.
Particularly strong prayer and solidarity goes out to one of our NY Catholic Charities affiliates, the NY Foundling. The destruction in Puerto Rico hits especially close to home for this agency that serves nearly 1,500 children through Head Start and Early Head Start programs at 42 locations throughout the island. I have spoken with them and heard the sadness, hurt and concern for “our families” and also the immediate response and action they are taking. We are committed to figuring out the best way to lend our support. Fortunately, we have a well-established relationship with Catholic Charities – (Caritas) of Puerto Rico. While suffering themselves, they are there on the ground and positioned to help. We have talked with them and are arranging help and support through a number of partnerships.