The Voices of Sandy Recovery — Getting People Back into Their Homes

The Voices of Sandy Recovery — Getting People Back into Their Homes

Joanne Utley


Emily Bauer, a client manager with the Friends of Rockways, describes all the work that will go into a house that was filled with eight feet of water during Hurricane Sandy. Her organization is one of the groups partnering with NYAC/UMCOR in the rebuilding effort.

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Hannah Arnett, a disaster recovery specialist for NYAC/UMCOR, faced a daunting task when she went to work in Queens in early 2014. While there was limited rebuilding going on, there was no real cooperation or collaboration across the borough. She helped establish the Queens Recovery Coalition that brings together case managers, rebuilding agencies, and fund sources to expedite a homeowner’s return.

“We’re not in this for politics  . . . that’s not the game the Methodists play,” she said. “We’re here to serve the people . . . getting people back in their homes is really what matters.”

Peggy Racine, Long Island site coordinator, has been a part of the NYAC recovery effort from day one as a member of the Community UMC in Massapequa. The continuing generosity of the volunteers inspires her to do whatever she can for the teams.

COMING TOMORROW: Eileen Flynn was amazed at the volunteer help she received in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy; Stephania Petit, a recovery case manager on Long Island, says her clients become like family.