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Disaster relief coordinator Pastor Craig Miller shares disaster relief information in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Renewing our hope for the future

Nov 19, 2014

sandyanniversaryWe gathered at the foot of Manhattan, representatives from Sandy-impacted communities in the five boroughs, to mark the significant landmark of a second year in recovery from the storm. As the daylight waned, impacted residents, volunteer workers, members of community- and faith-based organizations came together in Bowling Green Park.


America’s Tenor, Danny Rodriguez, started off the evening singing the national anthem in front of the rapt audience. We were honored to have his presence and to hear his voice. I had been asked to speak at this event as a representative of the Long Term Recovery Groups who are actively involved in the recovery efforts in our boroughs. It was a challenge to me as I tried to balance the good accomplishments of our organizations against the daunting need that still exists in our neighborhoods. Thankfully, I was not the lone speaker.


Lyn Governale, a resident of Staten Island, shared her story and reflected on the remaining needs in her community. She was followed by a resident of Rockaway, Deneane Ferguson, who shared a message of hope, stating that God works for good in all things. Indeed, she spoke the gospel to our crowd on that night.


After a moving rendition of Beautiful City, we paused for a moment of silence as we lit candles, a sign of hope against the darkness of despair. Rabbi Janise Poticha of Temple Sinai of Massapequa concluded the evening with a call to renew—a call to renew our efforts on behalf of our neighbors, a call to renew our hope for the future, and a call to renew our communities for resiliency.


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