United Way Awards Grant To Bowery Mission
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The United Way of New York City awarded the Bowery Mission, one of the city's busiest homeless shelters, $6,000 to fix up its damaged facilities.
The main center lost power for nearly a week after the storm, but even in the dark volunteers were able to continued to serve meals to those in desperate need thanks to donated generators providing limited power.
"Before we put out the money, we actually walked around the communities and saw who's doing what and really noticed there's a kind of a shoe string kind of approach," said Carmine Rivetti, the associate vice president of United Way. "There were people trying to do their best but it was a band-aid kind of approach."
Outreach workers at the Bowery said they are feeding a record number of hungry New Yorkers since the storm.
They dish out more than 900 hot meals and give out more than 225 bags of groceries every day.
They also provide shelter for more than 120 people, often putting mats on the dining room floor.
"The place is packed every night -- the chapel is overran -- and we have to bring them in and serve them to get them out here to serve people who are coming into the chapel," said James Macklin, director of outreach for the Bowery Mission.
The Bowery is also a distribution point for supplies to be sent to hard-hit areas of Queens and Staten Island.
To volunteer, visit bowery.org.