Pictured above (L to R): Ted Gooding, chairperson for the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group; Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region; Roger and Lynn Boettinger of Mantoloking; and Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group. Sandy destroyed the Boettinger's home and this grant will help cover the necessary repairs to make it livable again. They hope to be home by Thanksgiving.
The American Red Cross awarded two grants totaling $2.95 million to the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group to support unmet needs roundtables formed to help disaster-affected Monmouth and Ocean County households.
The Red Cross grants will be used to repair and rebuild approximately 370 disaster affected homes to safe, secure and sanitary conditions and provide disaster case management services to help residents achieve long-term, sustainable recovery goals.
“Towns in Ocean and Monmouth County were among the hardest hit by Sandy, and the Red Cross is committed to helping these impacted communities come back stronger and more resilient against future storms,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “By partnering with the Long Term Recovery Groups here, we will continue to support Sandy survivors until all affected residents recover.”
The Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group will use its $1.85 million Red Cross grant to assist approximately 350 individuals and families whose primary household was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, prioritizing those residents most in need of service or funding. This assistance includes construction materials and rebuilding services, development and coordination of individualized long-term disaster recovery plans and volunteer labor.
“With a high concentration of vulnerable populations who were struggling to manage pre-storm living costs, the destruction of Sandy devastated so many of our Ocean County residents. We are grateful for the support of the Red Cross and with this grant, we will be able to meet the challenges and unique unmet needs of our affected households,” said Ted Gooding, chairperson for the Ocean Couth Long Term Recovery Group.
The Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) will prioritize and address the long-term recovery needs of Monmouth County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. With its $1.1 million Red Cross grant, the MCLTRG will address the greatest of these needs, home repair and rebuilding assistance.
“The generous funding of the Red Cross will help 150 Monmouth County residents repair or rebuild their homes that were damaged or destroyed in the storm,” said Tim Hearne, treasurer of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group. “Together, we are enabling our local families to rebuild their homes and their lives.”
Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm. In addition to the two grants announced today, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuilding Together, Lutheran Disaster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, World Renew, NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, the Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group and Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services. Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million—nearly 90 percent of the donated funds – as of August 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 the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group:
The Ocean County LTRG maintains a network within and on behalf of the faith-based, nonprofit, governmental, business and other organizations and agencies to provide a coordinated recovery effort to the victims of disasters affecting Ocean County. The LTRG, utilizing skilled case managers, identifies and assists households affected by the disaster who do not have adequate personal resources for basic needs and recovery. The LTRG is governed by a Steering/Executive Committee made up of community leaders.
About the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group:
This mission of the Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group (MCLTRG) is to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by disasters in Monmouth County. Services will be provided with no preference to individuals’ race, color, creed, gender, disability or religious affiliation. The goal of the MCLTRG is to assist all residents in recovery from disasters by addressing and prioritizing unmet needs.