Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Red Cross workers and their team of volunteers have been assisting with recovery efforts in the Tri-State area in the wake of Superstorm Sandy for more than two weeks.
A team from Central New York has been handing out warm meals, blankets and coats to families who lost their homes because of the storm.
Red Cross workers from the Syracuse area attest to the challenges facing recovery efforts including snow and heavy winds.
The volunteers are coordinating everything from facility management to bulk donations, to feeding and sheltering. Case workers are sent out in search of people who need assistance on a daily basis.
Syracuse local Ricu Hajeris is now stationed in New Jersey as a case work manager. He is also offering emotional support as families try to get back on their feet.
“We'll probably join with mental health to come around with us so if they have someone they need to talk to on site we'll have a mental health person that can chat with folks," Hajeris said.
Food truck volunteers are looking for workers who are trying to make homes livable again.
Construction companies from across the country are finding themselves dependent on help from organizations like the Red Cross.
Mike Geloso from Eastern Shore Carpentry received help from a Syracuse volunteer as he tried to rebuild a house.
The volunteer helped Geloso move a boat off the front yard of a beach front property, but it wasn’t the first thing that the storm washed up that had to be towed away.
Information is being sent to headquarters to determine which neighborhoods need extra support. Volunteers themselves are determining what classifies as major or minor damage.
Hajeris said, “We don't have specific areas with house numbers that state this is a destroyed, this is a major, this is a minor...We're going to have to figure that out on our own.”
Some people like Howard Murray won’t let the storm destroy their love for their hometown. With hope on his side he’s setting his sights on rebuilding by the water.