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The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).
The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.
The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.
Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.
I've tweeted a lot about this over the past two weeks, and mentioned it in some posts, but one easy place to help out for residents of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and the surrounding areas is at the Park Slope Armory shelter (usually a YMCA) which is located on 15th Street between 7th & 8th (in Brooklyn, you can't miss it). The place is full of displaced, elderly and disabled residents of the Rockaways.
If in doubt, just stop in and ask them what they need. Bring a coffee and some healthy food for the staff. They might send you right to a quick orientation and put you to work or they might tell you to come back later. They might be accepting donations of certain items. They'll let you know. BUT, they've also gotten much more organized as the days go on, and you can now also sign up in advance for a shift. There's one sheet for Friday/Saturday and another now for Sunday/Monday (more sheets to follow). UPDATE: here is the sheet for Tuesday/Wednesday (11/13-11/14).
They can use 50 volunteers a day and 40 at night, especially ones that can speak Russian. Volunteers help with general support, food preparation, daily routines, meals, social support and logistics. Wear comfortable clothes. No photos. No kids. Have fun!
Update: Check out a list of items they need at the armory below...