SHARK RIVER HILLS FAMILY RETURNS HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Coastal Habitat for Humanity, along with local community leaders and partner organizations, came together to celebrate a Shark River Family’s return home after more than a year of displacement due to Superstorm Sandy.
“After Sandy, our home looked like someone took a dollhouse and shook it,” said Tracy Antman, Coastal Habitat’s partner homeowner. “We are just your average, middle class family that was used to doing for other people. 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.”
Thanks to its volunteers and major supporters, including the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, the Robin Hood Foundation, Pearl Jam, the Allstate Foundation and Manasquan Savings Bank, Coastal Habitat has been able to help Southern Monmouth County families celebrate the 2013 holidays in their own 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.”
Local officials say, one year after Superstorm Sandy, 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.
“The Antman family’s story is one of hundreds we have heard over the past year,” said Maureen Mulligan, executive director of Coastal Habitat. “With a five-year strategic plan in place, we will continue to help seniors, veterans and families of all backgrounds who are waiting to return to their safe and repaired home.”
Kelly, her husband and daughter are also looking forward to the upcoming summer back home. And their daughter can again spend time with her life-long neighborhood friends.
“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.”
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