Ocean, NJ – The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, has awarded $750,000 to A Future with Hope, Inc. to help rebuild 50 homes that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. 

“We are entering into one of the most critical stages of long term recovery from a disaster.  A full year after the storm, an estimated 20,000 residents have not been able to return home and many more are living in unsafe conditions.  These people are starting to lose hope.  This grant from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund infuses our mission and allows us to extend our reach to 50 more families,” said Bobbie Ridgely, Director of A Future with Hope. 

A Future with Hope is a nonprofit organization started by the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church to lead relief and recovery efforts after Superstorm Sandy.  Volunteers come from all over the United States to rebuild homes and lives with A Future with Hope.  The organization’s goal is to mobilize 20,000 volunteers to help rebuild 300 to 500 homes in New Jersey and provide case management to affected families over the next 5 years. 

“A Future with Hope is a well-respected and unique organization because they have the ability to help people throughout the state with everything from disaster case management to construction,” said First Lady Mary Pat Christie, Chair of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.  “Housing remains the greatest need in New Jersey and I’m proud to support the valuable work they’re doing to help people rebuild.”

The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund raises and distributes funds to organizations that support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of New Jersey communities impacted by the storm. To date the Relief Fund has distributed more than $25 million to 93 non-profit organizations, including A Future with Hope.

Through the end of November, A Future with Hope has 39 homes either completed or in construction in 19 communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy including  Atlantic City, Brick, Forked River, Highlands, Keansburg, Little Egg Harbor, Manahawkin, Ocean Gate, Union Beach and others.  They have 12 host sites that can house 300 volunteers from out of state each week. 

A Future with Hope has the capacity to help even more homeowners in need of construction.  Anyone in need should call their help line at 732-359-1012. 

For more information about A Future with Hope, Inc. visit www.afuturewithhope.org.