BROOKLYN - One Red Hook resident has dedicated herself to helping the community stay resilient in the six months since Superstorm Sandy struck.

Carolina Salguero converted her Van Brunt Street storefront into a makeshift aid station following the storm, connecting victims with free internet, electricity and repairs. Many residents say it became a source of information and support during a difficult time.

The White House took notice, honoring Salguero with the Champions of Change award. She then traveled to Washington for a panel discussion and is now focused on educating residents on how to better prepare themselves for a disaster.