A half dozen Korean American social service agencies are coming together to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy. Their work will be made easier thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Robin Hood Foundation, reported NorthJersey.com
Their mission will be to assist Korean American families apply for federal aide and other assistance as they continue the recovery process.
The Kong Family is thankful the Korean American Sandy Relief Committee is around to help. The family in New Jersey’s Bergen County waited out Hurricane Sandy in their home as the Hackensack River backed up to their front door. Repairs to their home took a month and their car was a total loss. But the Korean American Sandy Relief Committee was on hand to help the family through the maze of applying for federal assistance.
“I didn’t expect it, but they were a great help,” H.J. Kong said.
“You’re talking about a lot of first-generation immigrants and the language and cultural difficulties are huge,” said Kyung Hee Choi, director of the Korean Medical Program at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey.