Thanks to supporters & donors, coastal habitat helps families return home for holidays
"We proudly support the critical work of Coastal Habitat" - NJ's First Lady Mary Pat Christie
November 16, 2013, Spring Lake Heights, NJ:
Coastal Habitat for Humanity, along with local community leaders and partner organizations, came together to celebrate the Antman Family’s return home after more than a year’s displacement due to Superstorm Sandy.
"After Sandy, our home looked like someone took a dollhouse and shook it - the refrigerator floated into the living room," said Tracy Antman, partner homeowner. "We are just your average, middle class family that was used to doing for other people. My husband is in law enforcement and saved a man's life during Sandy. But when it came time for us to ask for help to make our home livable again, we heard 'declined' from every place imaginable... until Coastal Habitat actually called me."
The Antman story is just one of hundreds Coastal Habitat has heard over the past year. Thanks to its volunteers and major supporters, including the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, the Robin Hood Foundation, Pearl Jam and the Allstate Foundation, Coastal Habitat has been able to help Southern Monmouth County families celebrate the 2013 holidays in their own home.
With a five-year strategic plan in place, the organization will continue to help seniors, veterans and families of all backgrounds in need who are waiting to return to their safe and repaired home.
"It is extremely gratifying to see our grant come full circle and help bring the Antman family home for the holidays," said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. "We proudly support the critical work of Coastal Habitat and thank all the dedicated volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to not only restore homes, but rebuild lives."
Days after the storm, Coastal Habitat became a community hub of information, partnership, action and results. Today, the charity’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative has become a key component of the long-term repair and restoration of 18 cities and towns in Southern Monmouth County.
"Because of Coastal Habitat's involvement, everything has fallen into place," continued Antman. "Imagine the excitement when I told our 15 year old daughter that we will be able to hang a wreath on our front door for Christmas. All she can talk about is making her Dad chicken soup in the kitchen in the home she grew up in. None of this would have happened without the great and organized people at Coastal Habitat. They knew what needed to happen and had the team in place to make it happen."
Maureen Mulligan, executive director, Coastal Habitat concluded: "With the help of donors - many who have sent $50 and $100 during the past month - we will work until the last home is repaired."
For more information about Coastal Habitat’s impact to-date and goals for the future, please complete the contact form and request a copy of the organization’s one-year Repair.Rebuild.Restore. impact summary.
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