Tinton Falls, NJ, June 24, 2014 – The American Red Cross was honored with the Partners in Disaster Recovery award by Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County at its annual Women Build Luncheon on June 18th. The Red Cross received the distinction for its contribution to helping local Monmouth County families return home after Superstorm Sandy’s devastation.
“I am so proud to accept this award on behalf of all of our Red Cross volunteers and staff that continue to manage the recovery process of communities across Monmouth County,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “Together with Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross has been able to help so many New Jersey families rebuild who would not otherwise have been able to do so.”
The Red Cross partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County has resulted in the rebuilding of 28 homes for low-to-moderate income families in Union Beach, Long Branch, Port Monmouth and Leonardo. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is one of five habitat affiliates receiving Red Cross support for rebuilding projects in Sandy impacted towns across Atlantic, Bergen, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County is most grateful to the American Red Cross for their support in helping us to serve our families still struggling to return to their homes,” said Ray Gabler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County.
The Red Cross has received $311.5 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $301 million—nearly 97 percent of the donated funds – as of May 31. More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Habitat for Humanity:
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.