HIAS Katrina Disaster Response

Posted on Fri, Sep 02, 2005 at 9:24 am

(New York, NY) – Officials at HIAS, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, are part of the growing national response to Hurricane Katrina. Neil Greenbaum, president and CEO of HIAS said, “We are deeply saddened by the grave and tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Our long history of rescuing people in peril around the world makes it particularly distressing to see this tragedy unfolding on our doorstep.”

HIAS’ mission is to help refugees and displaced persons. The organization resettles refugees and other individuals who have suffered mass displacement, persecution, violence and other emergencies.

“We have extensive experience in providing housing, trauma assistance and links to needed social services through our resettlement network,” said Greenbaum. “We stand ready to assist hurricane victims in this time of crisis. Since 1881 HIAS has come to the aid of millions of refugees around the globe and understands the desperate circumstances those affected by the hurricane disaster now face.”

Greenbaum said that his organization is developing, with its colleague agencies, a strategy to immediately address the ever-worsening situation on the Gulf Coast. Details will be posted on the organization’s website (www.hias.org). “We urge those who care to contribute to the HIAS Katrina Fund to help these people in distress,” he said.

Suggested donation amounts are: Contributor $18; Friend; $36; Mitzvah Maker $120; Partner in Action $250; Benefactor $500; Rescuer $1000; or other amounts