Thoughts and Prayers after Hurricane Irma

Friday, September 22, 2017 1:00 am

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all those impacted in our community by this catastrophic event. I hope you and your family and friends are safe.

Because you are a dear friend of Camillus House, I wanted to bring you up to date on our situation: 

  • In the face of Irma, we came together in a powerful way. As the massive hurricane approached Florida, Homeless Outreach Teams took to the streets encouraging the severely mentally ill and others without refuge to come to Camillus for shelter. We brought in more than 225 men and women (in addition to those already being served, here at our main campus). Some stayed for the duration of the storm. Others only wanted food, a shower and a change of clothes. 
  • In all, more than 500 people weathered the hurricane weekend at our main campus.  We also secured our other facilities, keeping another 600 men, women and children safe and sound.
  • We provided full meals until we lost power, and then turned to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and other improvised meals. In many ways, we did what families all over Florida did in these uncertain days: We worked to be patient with one another through a stressful situation. We prayed. We did the best we could with what we had.

We're still working to assess the damage from flooding, downed trees that require removal, electrical problems and other hurricane-related issues, at our main campus and our other facilities. At this point, we estimate storm preparations and recovery costs will be in the tens of thousands of dollars, and our reserves of water, food, towels and blankets have been significantly depleted. While there are many needs in our community, we are grateful for any help we receive to get back to normal. 

Many are hurting in our community right now, and, more than anything, I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. This is a trying time for all of us, but together, with God's grace and an attitude of compassion toward one another, we will get through it. 


May God bless you,


Brother Raphael Mieszala, OH

Camillus House

1603 NW 7th Ave.

Miami, FL 33136


P.S. Because of the storm, we're also in need of towels, sheets, clothing (especially men's), men's and women's undergarments, and personal hygiene items. Donations can be brought to the main Camillus House campus from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Thank you! 



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