Eleven months after they were forced out of their home by Superstorm Sandy, Beville and Harold Harris moved back into their Toms River home. The recovery process hasn’t been easy for the couple who had two feet of lagoon water streaming through the one story home they built together over 50 years ago. They had never had flooding of any kind, everything needed to be gutted and rebuilt inside their home due to water damage and mold. Initially they had few resources and finding agencies that would assist with their recovery was daunting. Beville said “This disaster has put a hole in our hearts.” Harold and Beville believe their recovery was put in good hands the day they met their red cross case worker. They qualified for Red Cross the Move In Assistance Program (MIAP) and were soon on their way to picking out kitchen cabinets and other remodeling items to make their gutted house into their home again. Red Cross case work er Ellen checks in with the Harris couple to monitor their recovery progress. After the repairs were done and they returned to their home Ellen and two other red cross staff were invited to come visit. At the visit a big lunch was prepared and served by Beville and Harold w/ homemade soup and sandwiches. Beville and Harold announced they were going to celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary in two days. Being back in their home for the anniversary milestone was important. Beville said: “I wanted you to see what red cross did, how you helped.” Beville and Harold are once again in their beloved home.
The recovery and return to the Harris home in Toms River since Sandy would not be possible without the donations and support of the many people who generously gave to American Red Cross.