Volunteer from Whidbey helps Sandy victims find housing

Whidbey resident Teresa Ellis left home Monday morning to help people on the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy.

As a volunteer for the Red Cross, Ellis traveled to Princeton, N.J., where she will spend several weeks helping people relocate and find housing.

Ellis said there are thousands of people who need relocating and she will help some of those people find the right resources to bring some normalcy into their lives.

“They have a hard time trying to figure out how to move forward,” Ellis said, adding that the Red Cross is working with other agencies for help.

Ellis’ trip comes shortly after a blizzard dumped feet of snow through the northeastern parts of the United States. Ellis said that about a foot of snow dropped where she is serving and other parts, such as New England, fared worse during the recent storm.

She has been volunteering with the Red Cross for 23 years. During that time, she has helped staff shelters after Hurricane Katrina. Locally, she volunteered for the Red Cross after the floods in 2007 near Centralia.

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