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November 22, 2012

New York health centre receives grant to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy

The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Center in New York, US, will receive a $250,000 grant from Direct Relief USA and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) after suffering devastating losses due to Hurricane Sandy.

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The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Center in New York, US, will receive a $250,000 grant from Direct Relief USA and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) after suffering devastating losses due to Hurricane Sandy.

The grant, awarded by the Sandy Safety Net Fund, will help the organisation to recover from the damage caused by the hurricane to three of its community health centres, two in the Rockaways and one in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

"The cash grant to Joseph P. Addabbo Community Health Center will ensure local residents have a place to go for health care services despite disruptions caused by Sandy."

Addabbo Family Health Center executive director Dr. Peter Nelson said the health centre is at present recovering from estimated losses of $2m caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"We are profoundly grateful for Direct Relief and its partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers for targeting the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center for such a generous grant," Dr. Nelson added.

The nonprofit organisation Direct Relief, which is licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 states, has delivered several shipments of medicines, nutritional products and personal hygiene supplies to health centres in the affected regions.

Direct Relief has made its complete inventory of medications and supplies, worth $25m, available for Sandy relief.

Direct Relief president and CEO Thomas Tighe said that nonprofit clinics and health centres are on the front lines during emergencies and have limited financial ability to deal with the aftermath of an event like Hurricane Sandy.

"The cash grant to Joseph P. Addabbo Community Health Center will ensure local residents have a place to go for health care services despite disruptions caused by Sandy," Tighe added.

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