The huge warehouse on Delilah Road has plenty of space for construction materials, appliances and furniture. Members of the Atlantic County Hurricane Sandy Long-Term Recovery group are hoping they can fill it.
Six months after Hurricane Sandy blew through South Jersey, area non-profit groups are shifting their focus to helping residents rebuild their homes and lives.
The Long Term Recovery Group has begun a door-to-door needs assessments to see what people need. Surveys of Pleasantville, Margate and Ventnor have been completed, said Darwisa Strabuk, Community Resource Coordin-ator for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
While food and clothing were immediate needs after the storm, the long-term needs project will focus on construction materials, appliances and household items as families rebuild their homes. Amanda McGowan, director of Community Initiatives for the United Way, has prepared a letter that is being sent to potential donors.
The letter notes that those who have returned homes are now having to replace the buildings' electrical systems, duct work, walls and appliances. Sheet rock and insulation are also in high demand. Homeowners are not getting enough from insurance settlements to cover the total cost of storm-related repairs and many will need donations to complete the work.
The Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group has chosen a name, "Atlantic County Revive," developed a logo and is working on setting up a website. Among the group's members are the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Services and the Salvation Army.
Henry Wise, chairman of the Long-Term Recovery Group, said there are also some funds to help people replace lost appliances. One challenge is reaching people who may not be living in their homes, he said. Finding rental assistance for displaced residents has also been a challenge.
The group's warehouse currently has some mattresses and bedding, dehumidifiers and space heaters along with diapers and some items remaining from the recovery efforts. There are also some power tools and rolls of carpeting. Families that need items should contact one of the participating agencies or the Atlantic County Long-Term Recovery Group at 609-404-4483, the Atlantic City Long-Term Recovery Group at 609-541-2189 or the Ocean County Long-Term Recovery Group at 732-244-5333.
Monetary donations for reconstruction can be sent to Atlantic County Revive c/o United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South-ern New Jersey, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 10, Galloway Township, NJ 08205. For more information, email donations@-atlanticcountyrevive.org.
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