Met Council Sandy Recovery Work Honored at Citywide Interfaith Federation of Disaster Human Service Providers

©NYDIS 2015. Photographer: Will Star

©NYDIS 2015. Photographer: Will Star

New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) honored Met Council’s Disaster Case Manager, Khadijat Oluwo, with its Partner of the Year Award.  Khadijat secured the most funds in 2014 for Queens victims of Superstorm Sandy from the NYDIS Unmet Needs Roundtable, demonstrating her dedication and advocacy for the ongoing needs of Hurricane Sandy survivors.  Since Hurricane Sandy, the NYC Sandy Unmet Needs Roundtable, administered by NYDIS, which serves to bring together disaster case managers and donors to provide customized assistance (financial, in-kind or referrals) to any eligible survivor household of a federal disaster, has distributed $8.4 million in services and goods to 1,695 households.

“Since the recovery began, Khadijat has demonstrated her unwavering commitment to serving storm victims,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel.  “Her ability not only to achieve realistic goals, but also to provide her clients with hope is inspiring.”

“Met Council has a long history of disaster human services collaboration. It is among the very best providers in our city,” said Peter B. Gudaitis, Chief Response Officer at NYDIS. “Met Council was instrumental in launching the Unmet Needs Roundtable for Hurricane Sandy, and Disaster Case Management Director Rabbi Mayer Waxman continues to serve on its Advisory Board. As the Roundtable’s administrator, this year NYDIS wanted to recognize individual disaster case managers from across the city that have stood out as tenacious advocates for their Sandy clients – Khadijat has been an extraordinary example. Her expertise and passion for ensuring her clients achieve sustainable recovery are exemplary – this accolade is well deserved and is one I’m sure her clients will applaud.”

In advocating for survivors, Khadijat and the other 16 Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty Disaster Case Managers have presented more than 100 household cases to the Unmet Needs Roundtable, securing $901,106 from private donors for families’ post-storm recoveries. Their dedication has placed Met Council as one of the top ranking presenting agencies.

Khadijat attempts to restore her clients’ lives by working with them one-on-one, answering questions, developing a plan to meet their needs, connecting them with appropriate community resources and determining what assistance may be available — including funding from the Unmet Needs Roundtable.

“NYDIS and the Unmet Needs Roundtable is one of the most caring agencies I have had the pleasure to work with,” said Khadijat.  “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by an agency that has provided help to so many.”

Since Hurricane Sandy first hit landfall, Met Council has been a leader in relief and recovery efforts across the five boroughs.  With Met Council’s 40 year history of helping people in crisis find immediate relief and long-term self-sufficiency, we were well equipped to assist immediately more than 2,000 new clients with disaster relief and more than 6,500 with ongoing needs. To best assist with the on-going needs of Hurricane survivors, Met Council deployed FEMA-funded Disaster Case Managers to the Rockaways and Coney Island. In the two years since Hurricane Sandy, Met Council has accessed over $6 million in funds, replacement furniture and appliances and services to victims of the storm.

If you are someone you know is still in need of help, please contact us at 917-281-6721.

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