When disaster strikes, Church of the Brethren Disaster Response provides volunteers to clean up debris or mud and to repair or rebuild homes for disaster survivors in need. The presence of these volunteer work teams helps to ease the trauma and promote recovery. Following are the details of some work we did on a recent project.
Super Storm Sandy devastated the Mid-Atlantic Coast when it made landfall on October 29, 2012. Among the worst affected regions, Ocean County, NJ saw more than 50,000 homes and 10,000 rental properties damaged or destroyed.
Such extreme devastation severely limited housing availability for displaced renters seeking alternative housing, not knowing if or when landlords will rebuild. In an effort to reach out to this underserved population, BDM is partnering with OCEAN, Inc., a trusted local non-profit, in a project aimed at increasing the supply of safe and affordable rental housing for Sandy survivors.
In September 2014, volunteers from Grossnickle Church helped to build one of 12 single-family homes that will be rented on a sliding scale to low and moderate income families impacted by Super Storm Sandy. The homes are modest in size and have 3-4 bedrooms to accommodate larger families.