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Sandy Recovery Grant Funding at Work Rebuilding in Bergen County

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Brian Cusick, director of disaster recovery, Rebuilding Together with Jocelyn Gilman, community chapter executive, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey at the renovation effort in Moonachie on October 19, 2013.

“It was amazing to be able to see how our donors’ dollars were making such an impact on the community”

The American Red Cross is working with nonprofit partners to help people and communities rebuild and recover from the damage and devastation from Superstorm Sandy. The Red Cross has awarded grants totaling more than $60 million to a range of organizations for programs that provide vital assistance to individuals and families in need after this storm.

Rebuilding Together is one of our nonprofit partners and Rebuilding Together Bergen County received $500,000 to help bring 30 homes flooded by Sandy back to safe and healthy housing conditions. These funds will allow homeowners in Little Ferry and Moonachie to rebuild their lives and return to their homes.

Some of the funding helped make repairs on homes in Moonachie last weekend as part of Kickoff to Rebuild, an NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Rebuilding Together in advance of next year’s Superbowl XLVIII in the Meadowlands.

Saturday’s renovation effort was an inspirational community collaborative that brought together supporters with numerous skilled and general volunteers to begin critical repairs such as new electrical work, plumbing, sheetrock, and flooring on homes damaged by Sandy.

“It was amazing to be able to see how our donors’ dollars were making such an impact on the community,” said Jocelyn Gilman, community chapter executive, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. “The hugs and thanks I received from the residents of Moonachie whose homes were being rebuilt was truly heartwarming.”

The Red Cross grant funding is helping Rebuilding Together Bergen County provide their services to low-income families, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

THANK YOU The work of the Red Cross is possible because of the compassion and generosity of the American public, and the Red Cross already has spent or made commitments to spend $280 million, more than 90 percent of the $308 million donated for Sandy. The Red Cross expects to use the biggest share of the remaining money to help people with a range of housing-related expenses, support community resiliency programs and give more grants to community nonprofit partners to help Sandy survivors.

A One-Year Report and other information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts, including a list of recovery grants, can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.