Storm Update: SPC an open space for many after the storm

November 5, 2012 - Thanks for your interest in what's going on at SPC! We're currently the home for about 60 adults and 40 kids who were displaced by the storm. Many of the kids went to school today thanks to specially arranged busing from the North Rockland School District. Many adults are going to work, meeting with FEMA to assess damage, and trying to live their lives in the midst of chaos. The Red Cross has interviewed many of the families to offer assitance in finding more shelter and working through the FEMA process.

We've been overwhelmed with donations of food, school supplies, and warm coats. We are continuing to accept snacks for kids' school lunches, coffe, tea, sweetener, white bread and cold cuts. For other things, please call and we'll let you know our current needs. If you have something else you'd like to donate, call the Salvation Army in Spring Valley, 845-352-9577. Thanks goes out to more people than we can mention for checking in on their neighbors and asking how they can lend support. As always, we would appreciate any financial support you would care to provide. To see some of the ways we use your money, go to the Support Us page or go directly to the Donate page. You can also make donations to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

November 7, 2012 - Keep checking back! A few people have gone but more have come and we have names of people who want to come. We are also anticipating a group of international students from a local school for a couple of days. We continue to accept coffee and food items for school lunches. We're looking forward to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance arriving to meet with us. We're hoping they'll be able to make things flow more smoothly here. Thanks for your support!

leaf rakingNovember 14, 2012 - Sandy brought not just lots of people but also lots of wind that blew leaves off the trees. We brought the leaves and the people together for some leaf raking. Lots of fun had by all and lots of leaves gathered.

November 16, 2012 - The Presbyterian Church (USA) has put out a lovely article reporting on our work thus far. To read it, click here.

November 28, 2012 - We have 110 people staying with us. We're working with each family to figure out next steps. We're hoping to be able to offer hospitality and support to some families who are unable to find a place to go at times when we're not already full with other guest groups. We continue to work closely with FEMA, Rockland Legal Aid Society, and the Lions Club.

November 29, 2012 - Please see our press release for more information.

November 30, 2012 - See this report by NBC 4 New York.

December 3, 2012 - LoHud.com did a very nice article on us. You can see it here. We're happy to report that some people have been able to move home or find another place to live. We're continuing to support them by matching them with groups (community organizations and churches) to partner with them to support them in their transition. We have around 70 people who continue to live with us.

December 13, 2012 - We continue to support families affected by Sandy's devastation. About one-third of the families have been able to move on from Stony Point Center. Each remaining family finds themselves in a unique situation relative to their living situation. Some continue to work on repairs to their home, others search for a workable local alternative living arrangement. Through the generosity of Hudson River Presbytery and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, we have been able to offer "transition" grants of up to $1000 to support the costs associated with moving to a new place, or repairs and appliances needed to move back home. Some of you have donated to that fund or have offered assistance in a myriad of other ways, and for that we are extremely grateful. We are working with volunteer case workers and partnering with churches and civic organizations to assist in long-term recovery efforts. We continue to be grateful for the outpouring of support we have received for this endeavor.

Amy Dalton, resident volunteer, has spearheaded the coordination efforts on behalf of SPC for the storm victims. Amy's experience in community building and faith-based organizing has been invaluable in helping our guests rebound after the storm.

Sandy Storm Families Continue to Find Refuge

Stony Point Center has modified its operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to provide significant support for neighbors who lost their homes in the unprecedented storm. Stony Point Center, a conference facility of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and home to the multifaith Community of Living Traditions, is providing food, housing and guidance for an average of 50 adults and 50 children and teenagers per night during the month of November. Stony Point Center has received significant support from churches, businesses, the Lions Club, Rockland County's Community Development Office and Legal Aid, and other community organizations in Rockland County and the surrounding area, and the North Rockland Central School district, as well as the Red Cross, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and many FEMA employees. FEMA has certified Stony Point Center to be reimbursed for the lodging of those families who are individually qualified by FEMA for the Transitional Housing Assistance Program (TSA).

TSA is a special program offered by FEMA to support families who need short-term lodging until they can move back into their homes or arrange to rent a home or apartment in the area. That program was initially offered to qualifying families through November 16th, was extended to November 30th and extended again to December 14th. Approximately sixty percent of the families staying at Stony Point Center have been approved by FEMA for this program.

Stony Point Center has offered shelter to all families with need, regardless of whether they qualify for the TSA program. In order to accommodate our regular guests of the Conference Center, this is the second of three weekends between November 1 and December 14 when we have had to ask our storm guests to vacate their rooms. In each instance, we are working with the families to ensure that everyone has somewhere to stay until they can move back in at Stony Point Center the following Sunday afternoon. Some families have stayed with relatives or friends, while others have stayed on cots in dormitories on our property or in nearby churches.

It has been the greatest honor to support and encourage the courageous men and women and children who are working tirelessly to put their lives back together in the wake of such tremendous loss. We give thanks to God for this opportunity.