For Immediate Release

February 27, 2018

IBERO AND MORE THAN TWO DOZEN COLLABORATING ORGANIZATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO STAFF MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER FOR HURRICANE MARIA FAMILIES THAT HAVE RELOCATED TO ROCHESTER FROM PUERTO RICO

The new location for the multi-agency resource center (MARC) is 864 East Main Street in Rochester and is staffed by multiple agencies every Thursday from 10-3pm.

As the lead agency, Ibero remains committed to ensuring that Hurricane Maria families continue to receive the support they need in rebuilding their lives. Ibero and more than 25 agencies started working together in October and have continued to collaborate successfully since then.  Ibero has served approximately 3,000 individuals that have been impacted by Hurricane Maria.

“This is what real community collaboration looks like. We often hear people talk about the need to improve access for families and an overall need to redesign the way our current systems operate for greater results. We’re doing it. The fact that you have more than 25 agencies successfully working together on such a large and important initiative shows that it can be done,” says Ibero President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher.     

The organizations involved in this collaboration include: Action for a Better Community; American Red Cross (Rochester chapter); Catholic Family Center; City of Rochester; Monroe County (Department of Health, Human Services, Communications); Empire Justice Center; Foodlink; IBERO; Jordan Health Center; Legal Assistance LAWNY; Lifetime Assistance, NYS Department of Labor,  PathStone, Rochester City School District, Rochester Housing Authority, Rochester Regional Health, Rochester Works, St. Joseph Neighborhood, Trillium Health, Worker Justice Center of New York, and YourCare Health Plan.

Due to the response effort being undertaken at the local level, Ibero has established a new Hurricane Maria Fund that will provide the agency with the support it needs to serve local Hurricane Maria families. Current needs include: furniture, beds, and household items.

Monetary donations can be made with a credit card via http://ibero.org/donate/how-to-donate/. 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.  Cash should be dropped off in person at the main office.  For donations through the United Way, our ID number is 535.

For media inquiries, please contact IBERO’s Director of Development and Communications Patricia Cruz-Irving via email at patricia.cruz-irving@iaal.org.

Established in 1968, IBERO is a dual-language human services agency that offers award-winning programs for children, youth, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Our holistic approach ensures that all individuals in the family unit are working together to achieve their goals at home, school, and the workforce.  Ibero also owns and operates the first and only Latino-owned Latin radio station in Upstate New York, WEPL (El Poder Latino) 97.1FM.

Mission Statement: Ibero, a dual-language human services agency, ignites the potential of individuals and families to prosper and make the community stronger.

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