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Local Catholic charities to open recovery centers for Hurricane Irma victims

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach County is continuing its efforts to help Hurricane Irma victims by expanding its outreach assistance to help those still struggling after the storm.

Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will be opening recovery centers in Fort Pierce, Pahokee and Belle Glade, the organization said. Day and times of operation will vary from location, with the centers operating afternoon and evenings to accommodate the working schedules of those who need assistance.

Staff and volunteer who speak Spanish and Creole will also be at those centers.

The lead organization sent four staff members from Catholic Charities in South Carolina to assist local staff in establishing the centers and to help local residents, according to the organization.

“There are people who are not eligible for FEMA assistance and others who are just now recognizing what is their actual damage," said Sheila Gomez, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. "Some people have been out of work since the hurricane and are now falling behind on their monthly bills. It is our mission to help all in need without regard to religion."

Below is a list of Hurricane Irma recovery centers:

FORT PIERCE

  • Oct. 3: Notre Dame Mission at 217 N. US Hwy. 1 (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Oct. 6: Centro Pastoral Hispano Juan Diego at 401 S. 30th St. (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
  • Oct. 10: Notre Dame Mission at 217 N. US Hwy. 1 (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

BELLE GLADE

  • Oct. 5: St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church at 710 S. Main St. (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

PAHOKEE

  • Oct. 4: St. Mary’s Center, Catholic Charities at 1200 E. Main Street (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Catholic Charities is also accepting financial donations to help provide long-term assistance and programs. Those interested in making a donation can make a donation online.


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