cymca leonardo home opening 2photo:  From left, Superstorm Sandy victims Cody, Lisa and Autumn Lamberson help mark the 2nd anniversary of the hurricane at the Y’s Bayshore Family Success Center in Leonardo, where they receive support services.

The Community YMCA Continues to Help Families Recover from Sandy

Shrewsbury, NJ –  Families still recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy met Monday with New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake, Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley andThe Community YMCA President and CEO Rhonda Anderson to celebrate the opening of the Y’s newly relocated Bayshore Family Success Center in Leonardo.

The state-supported center provided critical assistance to families after Superstorm Sandy hit two years ago and continues to help those still struggling to rebuild their lives.

“A lot of children and families were impacted, and I really value the partnership with organizations like The Community Y and the work you are doing to help families.” Blake said.

Anderson said the Y is “grateful to provide a welcoming place to give families the support they need.”

The center, originally housed in the public library in Union Beach, has been a gathering place for over 2,000 people in the Bayshore community and has provided Superstorm Sandy support services to approximately 200 individuals. 

Lisa and Gerard Lamberson turned to the center for help after the storm left them and their six children homeless. “The center has helped in so many ways,” Lisa Lamberson said. “They helped with food and clothing and connected us to a place for us all to stay.” The family is still living in a motel and looks forward to moving back to Keansburg.  Freeholder Curley presented a certificate of appreciation to The Community YMCA for assisting Bayshore families after the storm and for continuing to offer families helpful resources such as financial literacy and job readiness programs, support group, health education workshops and family fun nights.

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photo: From left, New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake joins The Community YMCA President & CEO Rhonda Anderson, Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley and Bayshore Family Success Director Darcy Dobens in celebrating the center’s new home in Leonardo. 

The center relocated earlier this month to the Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 State Highway 36 in  Leonardo and is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 20, 4-7 p.m.

The center is one of 51 state-supported Family Success Centers throughout New Jersey that act as “one-stop” shops for wrap-around resources and supports for families. The centers bring together concerned community residents, leaders, and community agencies to address the problems that threaten the safety and stability of families and the community.

In addition to the services at the Bayshore Family Success Center, the Y also is providing free therapeutic counseling to families impacted by Superstorm Sandy with support from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. For more information, call 732.497.3811.