29 flights and a cargo ship. 100,000 pounds of humanitarian and medical supplies. More than $5 million in hurricane relief for Houston, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.
In the fall of 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria took a terrible toll on the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Hurricane Harvey left a path of destruction in Texas, while Florida coped with the aftermath of Irma.
Although there were massive needs, we were proud that our support provided life-saving supplies, cash assistance, critical relocation, rebuilding assistance, trauma support, and more.
We distributed $1.6 million in disaster relief funds and delivered goods worth more than $4 million.
Puerto Rico and the Caribbean
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, UJA partnered with the Afya Foundation and the Greater New York Hospital Association to dispatch 29 flights and a cargo ship to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, delivering desperately needed supplies. These included 14 flights directly arranged by UJA. All flights were made possible thanks to the generosity of longtime donors.
Working closely with the Jewish communities in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, we were able to direct resources where they were needed most. We delivered humanitarian aid directly to the poorest areas outside of San Juan and prescription medications and other important medical supplies to hospitals, medical clinics, and nursing homes throughout the island. To help St. Thomas, whose only hospital suffered significant damage, we delivered prescription medications and medical supplies to the Schneider Regional Medical Center and humanitarian aid to poor communities throughout the island.
Our support, together with funding from national federations, also provided:
Houston and the Surrounding Areas