Fact-finding trip first step for Puerto Rico relief mission

(Nov. 22, 2017) Carlos Castrello has a friend, from back where he grew up in Puerto Rico, who could make a few calls and get him in to talk with decision- makers. Carmen Yulin, the outspoken mayor of San Juan, a federal representative, the president of the country’s college of engineers, are all people important to mounting a relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

And then, in a small town called Toa Baja, in a neighborhood called barrio Ingenio, he met Adia Villanueva.

She runs an organization called Help for the Desperate. In the months since the hurricane crushed Puerto Rico, her organization regularly feeds between 500 and 1,000 people.

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