Ask anyone in Lindenhurst and their number one complaints are where is FEMA, insurance companies and the help. The people of this community need help and no one is out and about to answer questions besides one volunteer group, called, Crisis Response International (CRI). Sean Malone, Crisis Response International Director, is a native Long Islander, originally of West Islip, who started this response team right after 9/11. They go to major disasters all of the world and now have come back to his home Long Island to help. Volunteers (from across the US) are trained for 3 weeks or so and come here on their own money and time to help people in crisis. After speaking to him today he will not leave the community of Lindenhurst for a good month or two. Here’s their website for more information about the group: http://criout.com/
I found this group on my day off and knew instantly a story needed to be done.
All the neighbors I have spoken to consistently say they don’t know where they would be without this group. CRI walks door to door trying to meet neighbors needs, whether that’s to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on and most importantly help move wet stuff out of the house and tear down walls. They ask for nothing in exchange and they are moving people in this community in many ways.
Please let me know what you think of this story, only if our world had more people like the CRI group.