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November 26, 2012

A PLACE TO HEAL: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church gets post-storm rededication



Banet said that her son was displaced after the storm, but may be in a new home soon.  Jane Crady, Catholic Charities Disaster Relief Response coordinator, explained that there are still 300 families who are displaced because of the storm.

“This is beautiful and it’s really good to see this happen, and the community is starting to come back together again. There is still a lot of work to be done, but just to see the church come back is a big step,” said Crady.

Even though the town has come a long way, it is predicted that it will still take at least a year to get all of the people back into homes.

“It looks healed, but as you drive through, look a little deeper,” said Crady.

Mary Sullivan with the Metro United Way and March2Recovery explained that skilled volunteers are still needed, especially in the spring when a lot of helpers will go to the coast to help with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.     

Metro United Way continues to offer resources and rent help to those who were displaced by the tornado. In addition, March2Recovery continues to hold monthly community meetings that offer residents the opportunity to share stories and even grieve, which is especially important during the holidays.

Lawrence Yochum said he is keeping a positive attitude.

“I think that it’s wonderful to have our church back. Everything is starting to come back,” said Yochum.

Traci D’Angelo echoed his response.

“It’s really nice to be back in our home church and back to some sort of normal. The last few months have been hectic,” said D’Angelo.

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