Those affected by Superstorm Sandy who have limited options and still-unmet needs may find assistance through one of the fifteen Long-Term Recovery Groups established throughout New Jersey, according to a state Office of Emergency Management release.
Long-Term Recovery Groups provide assistance or resources after a disaster survivor has reached the limits allowed under government-based disaster recovery programs. The groups consist of representatives from private non-profit agencies, local businesses, faith-based groups, and government agencies who are vested in the community’s healing and regaining a sense of normalcy, the release says.
The groups offer casework management for disaster survivors, provide construction management expertise, assist with volunteer or donation management, conduct counseling or spiritual care, and offer other types of help in removing barriers to long-term recovery, the release says.
“The NJ Office of Emergency Management supports the work of LTRG’s,” Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the NJ State Police and State Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management, said in the release. “We are grateful to the member organizations who have organized to lend various types of expertise and capacity to disaster survivors such as rebuilding or clean-up assistance, replacing appliances or furniture, and counseling. They are a critical part of the long-term recovery process.”
The groups are committed to maintaining fiscal controls, reporting on the funds they receive and how they are spent, and communicating with the disaster survivors about services and resources available, the release says.
New Jersey Long-Term Recovery Groups have received funding from philanthropic organizations such as the Robin Hood Foundation, the American Red Cross, the United Way, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, World Renew, the Community Action Partnership and various types of assistance from private and non-profit sector organizations, the release says.
In Monmouth County, contact the Long-Term Recovery Group at (848) 206-2550 or on the web at: www.mcltrg.org