On May 30th, 2013 during our Love Flows From Our Hearts To Yours and Back Again, the Unitarian Church of Staten Island (UCSI) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Susquehanna Valley (UUCSV) each presented a $5000 check to Out of the Storm for chair lifts and ramps for a house for displaced seniors. Here are two photos that I took of the two chair lifts Ramps/Lifts for Better Living installed to make the Senior House more accessible. This is tangible evidence of the good that Unitarian Universalists and other community members across the country did with their donations and contributions in the wake of the devastation of Sandy.
Though we cannot provide photos, we know that the $5000 each UCSI and UUCSV gave to El Centro Del Inmigrante for renter’s assistance for those immigrants displaced by Superstorm Sandy was extremely important to immigrants who have very little access to assistance.
The Unitarian Church of Staten Island made a tremendous difference in the lives of many people through its volunteer efforts and through receiving donations that were given to those most in need from all Unitarian Universalists and other donors all across the country. We thank you for your generous contributions and wanted you to see the good use partner organizations are making of them.
In my new ministry as the Disaster Response Coordinator for Sandy Recovery, I am certain that there will be many more opportunities for volunteer efforts to come through the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. I will be writing a farewell blog message very soon to express my gratitude and feelings to the members and friends of UCSI these past five years.
Blessings to you all,
Rev. Susan Karlson