Puerto Ricans fleeing hurricane aftermath welcomed in Rochester
ROCHESTER, NY (WHEC) – Following Hurricane Maria, hundreds of people relocated to Rochester from Puerto Rico.
On Thursday, they were welcomed to the Flower City with a reception put on by IBERO.
“In response to the number of families that are relocating to Rochester from Puerto Rico, IBERO is leading a collaborative effort that ensures they feel welcomed and receive the assistance they need to rebuild their lives,” wrote the organization.
The Welcome Reception included dozens of organizations and agencies assisting the hundreds of families with finding places to live, work, and go to school.
“As of Friday, November 3rd, approximately 500 individuals (250-300 families) have arrived in Rochester and the surrounding area. As the only full service dual-language human services agency, and with nearly 50 years of experience, IBERO has the expertise that is needed to serve this new influx of residents,” stated IBERO.
Due to the response effort at the local level, IBERO has established a new Hurricane Maria Fund to help provide clothing, school supplies, food, and toiletries to the families. Monetary donations can be made with a credit card online.
Checks can be made out to Ibero American Action League and mailed to 817 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605. The memo line should be noted as IBERO’s Hurricane Maria Fund.