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10 Aug 2016


Our client, David, thought he’d be able to manage his recovery entirely on his own but quickly realized he “needed the help and guidance of the extraordinary people at OCLTRG.” We helped David organize his paperwork in a useful way, found him a builder and filled in financial gaps required for him to return home. Mostly, David appreciated our knowledge about the recovery process and the ability to connect him with various resources. “Strong independent people start out trying to make sense of all that happens and manage themselves in difficult times, but soon realize it’s impossible.”

09 Aug 2016


New-Jersey-House-RaisingSally has almost finished her project. She is so close. With the help of her disaster case manager, the state RREM grant, and some charitable donations, she has finished repairing and elevating her flood damaged home. The only obstacle left is to get into the house, which is now eleven feet in the air and accessible only by stairs that Sally can’t climb due to a disability. She’ll need an electric lift to get back into her repaired home. With the funds her DCM has been able to gather for her, Sally is only $3,000 away from getting the lift to go home.

Please donate today so we can continue to help people like Sally!

09 Aug 2016


article-2438711-1865A43A00000578-782_634x426Narinder is a 62 year old woman who lives on her own in Atlantic City. She’s always been grateful for the job opportunities that enabled her to own her own home and provide for her now fully-grown, independent children. She never imagined having to ask for financial assistance… even after Superstorm Sandy. She thought, with the help of volunteers and insurance money, she’d be able to make all of the necessary repairs. And she would have been right except cracks in her foundation were discovered. The damage was so extensive that the home needed to be torn down and rebuilt. Narinder continues to be grateful for the non-profit construction services she has received, but is still in need of $8,000 to finish her home. She has never waivered from her upbeat, positive attitude and is eagerly planning a party to thank everyone who has helped her in her recovery.

Please donate today so we can continue to help people like Narinder!

09 Aug 2016


Hands: dad and daughter

Joe and his 12-year-old daughter moved into their Little Egg Harbor home just one month before Superstorm Sandy destroyed it. They thought rock bottom was being told that they couldn’t even go back inside their ruined home to retrieve any belongings because the structure was unsafe.

But the real horror came when they were turned away from grant after grant because they had difficulty proving they had been living in the home due to their recent move before the storm. After years of battling through the state grant process, Joe has finally been awarded most of the funds necessary to rebuild his home. He still has a gap of $12,000, however, because many other resources that were available to Sandy survivors have dried up while he was stuck proving his eligibility. With this assistance Joe and his daughter will be able to build a future.

Please donate today so we can continue to help families like Joe’s!

08 Aug 2016


Matt requires oxygen and struggles with regulating his own body temperature and can’t tolerate cold or hot weather well. Unfortunately, he was forced to elevate his home and walking up the stairs in varying temperatures was a near herculean task. OCLTRG guided Matt through the RREM process and provided him with $4,000 toward the construction of an elevator in his home. “This will give me a safe way to move between floors without the fear of not having enough oxygen. I will be forever grateful to your charity for your help, understanding and support.”

03 Aug 2016


blueprint for construction work with helmet and tools

“When we came to OCLTRG it really started to feel like someone really understood what we have been through and it was humbling,” says our client, Lauren. She and her children had sustained substantial damage during Sandy and were desperately looking for guidance. Through the hard work of our Disaster Case Manager, Habitat for Humanity took on Lauren’s case. This ultimately provided her with a new roof, a new wall in her garage and mold remediation to ensure her family wouldn’t get sick from toxic mold. “I am excited to say that our house is becoming safe and back to normal and it is beyond anything I could have ever, ever imagined!”

23 Jul 2016


George, a disabled senior citizen from Lavallette, lost all of his belongings when Superstorm Sandy substantially damaged his home in 2012. Unfortunately, initial attempts to rebuild were stalled when a contractor fraudulently took $36,000 from George and never did any work. This contractor was eventually convicted but passed away before restitution could be made. Luckily, George was able to obtain a new contractor and some additional funding through the efforts of the non-profit community. He will finally be able to move back home, towards the end of June. Now George needs $3,000 for home furnishings to be completely recovered from Superstorm Sandy.

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16 Jul 2016


“Lorraine”, her husband and their five children have been forced to move nine times since being displaced by Superstorm Sandy. To make matters worse, a fraudulent contractor stole $60,000 dollars of their RREM grant. He has since been charged and imprisoned but it took them a full year to be reimbursed through NJ RREM fraud policy. OCLTRG has assisted this family with rent and monthly expenses to help ease their massive financial strain.

Currently, we are seeking funding for two objectives: 1) to complete extensive mold remediation, a direct result of the house sitting unfinished for the past year, and 2) financial assistance to enable their young children to participate in summer and extracurricular activities. We estimate that another $11,200 will make this family whole again.

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09 Jul 2016


DSC_0386John, a 90-year-old WWII veteran, had been living in a house seriously damaged by Sandy for a year and a half before receiving assistance. It wasn’t until some friends realized the poor quality of his living condition that he finally got help from OCLTRG. Through some hard work, we were able to provide him with a safe, sanitary and secure living situation. Then, shortly before the third anniversary of Sandy, we were able to welcome him home! While there, several people instrumental in helping John joined us in forming a large circle around his newly raised American flag. As we came together to bless John’s home, the flag billowed softly in the breeze; reminding us of John’s service and legacy!

Since conception, OCLTRG has provided funding to 748 households with senior citizens!

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06 Jul 2016


Peggy, a single mother of three school-aged children, hired a contractor to repair their family home in Keansburg, NJ. Unfortunately, that contractor only completed a portion of the work he was paid for before vanishing. One of our non-profit partners, the St. Bernard’s Project, would like to finish the work but can’t get started due to the original contractor’s poor workmanship. Now there are several concerns about the structure’s safety and Peggy needs approximately $5,000 to pay for a structural engineer’s report. This report will determine the scope of work needed for SBP.  The construction project will cost no less than $10,000 and could exceed that based on the engineer’s findings. The OCLTRG hopes to raise $15,000 to help this young family feel safe in their own home once again.

Donate today so we can continue to help families like Peggy’s!