“I lived in the Boys Club,” Barberio said. “Everyday we went there after school.”
Barberio, an Astoria native, has spent most of his life in his home borough, including living in Flushing for some time.
Barberio was a detective at the 114th Precinct. When he retired in 1991, he eventually found himself with the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), where he serves as the manager of its distribution center in Long Island City.
CMMB receives millions of dollars in medicine and medical supplies, all donated from pharmaceutical and other medical companies. The organization packages them and ships them off to places that need the resources, such as Haiti and Peru.
Barberio manages the 31,000-square-foot facility, where nearly $1 million worth of supplies go out everyday. Staff members carefully organize and document all of the supplies, whether it’s antibiotics, reading glasses or diabetes medication.
The organization responds to many international emergencies. Barberio said after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, CMMB went to the country and coordinated a lot of supplies, including medicine and tents. He remembers it as one of the most memorable responses.
“Everybody rose to the occasion,” he said.
He’s worked for CMMB for almost two decades.
“This is just the most interesting job I’ve ever had,” Barberio said. “It’s a great organization and it helps a lot of people.”