gnjumc_red_cross_grantPhoto:  Bobbie Ridgely, Director of A Future with Hope, Inc; Nancy Orlando, Regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region; Bishop John Schol, Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church

Tinton Falls, NJ – The American Red Cross today awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church for Superstorm Sandy recovery work with the elderly, disabled and low-income families.

“We are so pleased to partner with the Red Cross to help the most vulnerable populations within New Jersey who were affected by Sandy,” said Bobbie Ridgely, director of A Future with Hope, Inc. and the Sandy recovery efforts of GNJUMC. “Thanks to this generous funding, we will be able to identify and work with Sandy survivors who require special care, and help them build a new future over the next 18 months.”

The Greater New Jersey United Methodist Church has close to 600 congregations in the New Jersey area. It established an independent non-profit organization, A Future with Hope, Inc., to focus on relief and recovery, most notably in construction/repair and disaster case management. This grant will help an estimated 190 New Jersey families and repair 75 homes, as well as assist the organization train and deploy up to 1,000 volunteers in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

“Sandy recovery in New Jersey is far from over, and by working together with organizations like the United Methodist Church, the Red Cross is able to extend its reach to families with specific needs across the state,” said Nancy Orlando, regional CEO, American Red Cross South Jersey Region. “Providing funding to partner organizations with the ability and experience to help our communities rebuild is an important part of our long-term recovery strategy in New Jersey.”

Following Sandy’s devastating impact last October, the Red Cross immediately launched a large-scale emergency relief effort – the largest U.S. disaster response by the Red Cross in more than five years. After weeks of providing emergency relief, the Red Cross has been and continues to help people affected by the storm through its long-term recovery operation. Every day, trained workers are meeting one-on-one with families to assist with their recovery plans and provide financial support to help them move back into their homes or into longer-term rental housing.

Donations to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New Jersey and New York eight months after the storm. As of June 2013, the American Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy, such as the National VOAD, Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the Food Bank of NYC, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the United Methodist Conference of New Jersey. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services and volunteer coordination. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

More information on the Red Cross Sandy relief and recovery efforts can be found at www.redcross.org/sandy-response.