Raquel Cicerini, a parishioner of St. Noel Church, has documented the powerful stories of 6 families from Puerto Rico who settled in Cleveland after hurricane Maria. Her writings along with wonderful photographs comprise the exhibit, Faces of Hope and Inspiration, sponsored by Bienvenidos a Cleveland.
Click here to read the inspiring stories of Veronica Carrion, Angel M. Diaz, Hermindy Gonzalez, Daniel Vasquez, Nancy Vasquez, and Yomilka Montilla.
Hundreds of families have relocated to Cleveland since 2017 and help is still needed. If you are interested in helping, consider supporting the Spanish American Committee in Cleveland, a social service organization that has been instrumental in assisting individuals and families from Puerto Rico. Committee staff help people find jobs, secure affordable housing, access healthcare as well as in-house childcare services. The Committee often hosts job fairs and offers English classes, a key to finding and maintaining employment.
Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico in September of 2017 causing power outages to 3.4 million people and widespread property damage estimated anywhere from $40-95 billion dollars. An analysis conducted at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health estimates the death toll from the hurricane at nearly 3,000 people.