The following story was written by Paul Quirini, Outreach and Communications Specialist, NYSID Preferred Source Solutions. We thank Paul and NYSID for allowing us to sharing this story with you, and for the recognition they have bestowed upon the custodial workers of AHRC New York City.
Custodial workers from AHRC New York City provided valuable services in the days after a gas explosion leveled two five-story apartment buildings and left eight people dead on Park Avenue near 116th Street in New York City. Officials believe a leaking gas main under two East Harlem buildings led to the blast.
On March 14, 2014 NYSID Preferred Source Solutions was asked by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services to organize a small janitorial crew to provide cleaning services in a city-run temporary housing site for individuals displaced by the pipeline explosion.
“This was a Resident Service Center set up by the NYC Office of Emergency Management to process residents, business owners or anyone else affected by the gas explosion and provide them with whatever basic needs they required,” said Jim Ring, NYSID’s New York City sales representative.
Ring contacted AHRC New York City, which immediately stepped up to provide custodial services at the center, located at La Marqueta, 1580 Park Avenue in Manhattan. The Center offered dining, recreation and restrooms for victims of the gas explosion. “We were asked and provided at a moment’s notice a cleaning crew to start on March 15th,” Ring said.
AHRC NYC initially provided two custodians and a supervisor, from 7 am to 7 pm, for two to four days, however; their services were in such demand that their work was extended until March 23rd, when the Office of Emergency Management closed the service center.
“It was a great experience helping people from New York City in a time like this,” said Juan Guzman, Regional Manager for AHRC New York City. “I visited the center myself, and all I received from the staff was compliments about our guys.”
Every day, staff from the Red Cross, OEM, New York City Police Department and Con Ed thanked the AHRC NYC workers personally for a job well done.
“They felt so happy to be there, to be part of the staff and help people in need,” Guzman said. “I also received a call from Craig Bonney, OEM’s Director of Support Services, thanking us for the great service and professionalism we delivered on such short notice.”