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Local group helps Hurricane Maria victims recover

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) - After Hurricane Maria, some Puerto Ricans relocated to the City of Amsterdam where they found help thanks to a local group.

One year ago, Hurricane Maria didn’t just devastate an entire island; it destroyed Raquel Perez’s home. For her, there were no pieces to pick up.

“There’s no describing it,” she said. “It was just horrible. We stayed in an emergency basement. We were without electricity and running water. For water, we would collect rain.”

At the one year mark, she decided to start a new life in Amsterdam after finishing her degree.

The bedrock of the growing Hispanic community in Amsterdam is the Centro Civico on East Main Street. It was established in 1986 to help the Amsterdam Spanish speaking community, and over the last year, has helped relocate 78 people affected by Maria.

“We try to make them feel like they are at home. Help them with anything they need.”

The group sets them up with affordable housing and ESL classes and helps them find jobs allowing the Hispanic community to thrive.

“In Amsterdam, it’s kind of different. A lot of people speak Spanish here, a Latino community thanks to these guys.”

A second family in an unfamiliar place.

“They have provided me with comfort,” Perez said. “Everything will be alright. You’re not alone.”


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