On the afternoon of Sunday October 28, 2012, in anticipation of a storm that would make history, pounding New York City into submission by leaving unprecedented destruction from New York's Bronx to Breezy Point, Vilma Rozen, DWU Board member and elder care provider to Dee took matters into her own hands. Ninety-two year old Dee's home in Staten Island was in an evacuation zone. Despite having no family near by, Dee, however, was not alone. Vilma's caring, proactive, and take-charge nature ensured Dee's safety. "I knew there were going to be problems with Dee's apartment. Her building is so close to the water and, given she lives on the third floor, there was no chance I was going to leave her there" said Vilma.
On Sunday afternoon Vilma, together with her husband Meir Rozen and coworker Nisia massiell, moved furniture in Dee's apartment away from windows and emptied the refrigerator. She then took Dee to her own apartment, where she stayed for two weeks until power, heat, and hot water was restored. Dee's family in California was understandably nervous:
"At ninety-two, Dee is very independent. But we were worried for her. We were watching the news and hearing State Island was being hit hard. We also knew Dee's home was in an evacuation zone. Without Vilma and Nisia, Dee wouldn't have been able to leave her apartment. The first floow of her building filled with over two feet of water. We are so grateful to Vilma, who was keeping us informed throughout the storm as much as she could. Speaking to Dee regularly, we knew she was content and happy. Vilma's provisions were very good. She and her husband welcomed her into their home for two weeks. She takes her work so seriously, returning to Dee's apartment several times to check on the damage and to make sure heat and hot water was restored before she returned home."
When DWU staff checked in with Vilma regarding her living conditions post storm sandy, Vilma said, "until the storm and all the problems subside, Dee will rest peacefully in my bedroom like an angel."