Middlesex County Group Receives Red Cross Grant For Superstorm Sandy Recovery

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(L to R) Mathieu Nelessen, Regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region; Wesley Moore, Director, Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group and Candace Crane, Associate Director, Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group pictured in a Sandy impacted neighborhood along the Raritan River in Sayreville. (Red Cross photo)

(L to R) Mathieu Nelessen, Regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region; Wesley Moore, Director, Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group and Candace Crane, Associate Director, Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group pictured in a Sandy impacted neighborhood along the Raritan River in Sayreville. (Red Cross photo)

MIDDLESEX COUNTY –The American Red Cross today awarded a $782,000 grant to the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group to address the needs of residents who do not have adequate resources to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The Red Cross grant will be used to help approximately 300 Sandy survivors achieve sustainable recovery goals and to rebuild 30 households in the seven impacted municipalities of Carteret, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, and Woodbridge.

“Recovery from Sandy will take time and help from many different groups in the community,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Thanks to our generous donors, we are pleased to support the programs of the Middlesex Long Term Recovery Group through this grant and to continue to work with them to help people as they rebuild their lives.”

The Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group will prioritize and address the long-term recovery needs of Middlesex County residents who have exhausted all other available resources but still have unmet needs as a direct result of Superstorm Sandy. Priority funding will be directed towards vulnerable populations in Middlesex County, including low to moderate income families and individuals.

“We are excited to partner with the Red Cross to help our Middlesex County communities recover,” said Wesley Moore, director of the Middlesex County Long Term Recovery Group. “These funds will enable so many of our residents to rebuild their homes who would not have otherwise been able to do so.”

Donations to the Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope throughout New Jersey nearly a year after the storm. In addition to the grant announced today, the Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of New Jersey families and communities affected by Sandy, including the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, Habitat for Humanity International, the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church, Rebuilding Together, Lutheran Disaster Response, Catholic Charities USA, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, World Renew, NECHAMA Jewish Response to Disaster, the Volunteer Center of Bergen County and the Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc., Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group, Atlantic County Long Term Recovery Group, Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group and Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and construction services. Additional New Jersey community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

The Red Cross has received $308 million in donations for its Sandy emergency relief and recovery efforts, and has spent or committed $272 million—nearly 90 percent of the donated funds – as of Aug.31.


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