Many local families are preparing to receive folks displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — and many local efforts are underway to help rebuild the island they love. Local activists and politicians come together to discuss the impact of the Hurricane on Puerto Rico and regional efforts to help Puerto Rican families rebuild and relocate in a special episode, Presencia: Unidos After Maria.
First, Western MA United for Puerto Rico (WMU4PR) organizer Waleska Lugo-Dejesus and Ana Valentin-Jackson of the Puerto Rican Parade Committee of Hartford will discuss local, cooperative efforts and how individuals and families can help.
Then, Enlace de Familias Executive Director Betty Medina Lichtenstein explains how our region is preparing to receive relocating Puerto Rican families and Puerto Rican resident Josue Torres shares his experience surviving Hurricane Maria and the challenges he faced leaving the island.
Finally, Edward Nuñez, vice president of commercial lending for Freedom Credit Union, joins Holyoke City Councilor Nelson Roman and Joseph E. Rodriguez, Deputy State Director for Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), to provide a public affairs rundown about the situation in Puerto Rico and the effects here at home.