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Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF) Dollars Still at Work for Long Term Sandy Recovery
photoAlt Trenton, NJ – First Lady Mary Pat Christie today convened a roundtable discussion with non-profit organizations that received funding through the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund (HSNJRF) and continue to actively support long term Sandy-related recovery projects today. The roundtable took place at Camp Evans, a former military installation in Wall Township that has been transformed into a volunteer host center in case of future natural disasters through a $125,000 Relief Fund grant.

“Camp Evans has been a tremendous launching point for Sandy recovery efforts in Monmouth County. So, I’m proud to see first-hand Sandy Relief Fund grants in action with the culmination of this volunteer host center,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie. “It’s unbelievable that five years after Sandy, volunteers from around the country continue to come to New Jersey to bolster our recovery. What began as a means to help New Jersey rebuild after the storm, has evolved into a committed partnership of individuals and organizations working together to make a difference in the lives of all those impacted by Sandy.”

In creating the HSNJRF, First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s objective was to form a non-profit that would have a sustainable, long-term impact and focused on programs to address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities affected by Sandy.

“Through the First Lady's Relief Fund, SBP has been empowered to rebuild homes for the most vulnerable members of our communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties impacted by the 2012 storm,” said Kevin McGee, Director of New Jersey Recovery at SBP, Inc. “Simply stated, the Relief Fund's willingness to partner with local non-profits ‘on the ground’ has resulted in returning safety and security to hundreds of families who otherwise would not have been able to return home. SBP is honored to have been a part of this impact with the First Lady and the generosity of the Relief Fund as we rebuild New Jersey one family at a time".

"A Future With Hope and United Methodists are grateful to the tens of thousands of donors who contributed to New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy," said executive director Bobbie Ridgely. "Because of their generosity, along with the fiscal stewardship of Mrs. Christie and her staff, A Future With Hope and our partners continue to help homeowners on the long road to recovery."