2013-03-22 / Letters

Project HOPE Is There

Dear Editor:

Thank you to Lew Simon for highlighting Project HOPE in his March 15th column.

As the Director for NYC Project HOPE, I would like to provide you with additional information. Project HOPE has been actively working since December 2012, providing confidential crisis counseling to help individuals, families, and groups cope after Hurricane Sandy.

In the Rockaways, Project HOPE crisis counselors have offered services in 19 schools, a wide range of community groups, faith-based organizations, and at community recovery events. Currently nine provider agencies offer Project HOPE free and confidential crisis counseling services in the Rockaways peninsula: Catholic Charities, Counseling in Schools, Institute for Community Living, Inc., New Horizon Counseling Center, OHEL, Partnership with Children, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Transitional Services for NY (TSI), and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Multi-lingual Project HOPE counselors – wearing blue vests – work with Rockaway residents to determine how best to meet their disaster-related needs at a time and place that works best for them. Rockaway residents who need help can reach Project HOPE through one of the agencies listed above, or by calling 1-800-LIFENET, a 24/7 confidential referral hotline that matches Hurricane Sandy survivors with a Project HOPE provider in their community.

TAMAR RENAUD
Director, NYC Project HOPE
NYC Department of Health and
Mental Hygiene

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