Diocesan News

Caring About Puerto Rico

Catholics Care volunteers, including members of the staff of DeSales Media Group, arrived in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, April 22. The group of 15 Catholics Care volunteers will be working with a relief organization, All Hands and Hearts, that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities post natural disasters. The volunteers will be removing debris, fixing and laying tarps on damaged roofs, and performing minor demolition work as directed by All Hands and Hearts. This is the second Catholics Care volunteer mission. Last November, the Diocese of Brooklyn led a group of volunteers to help the people of Houston, where lives were severely disrupted by Hurricane Harvey. Those volunteers did “mucking and gutting” of homes, which involves demolition of sheetrock, removing nails from studs and overall debris removal. The group also worked at Catholic Charities headquarters.