New Jersey

 UCC Disaster Recovery In Atlantic City, New Jersey 
with the Fuller Center for Housing

Fuller Center for Housing in the New Jersey Pines

Contact:  Sharon Tarver   Phone:  229.924.2900
Email:  starver@fullercenter.org 

Registration

The Disaster Event:  Hurricane Sandy 29 October 2012.  People in 17 states were impacted.  It was a Category 3 storm at its peak intensity when it made landfall in Cuba.  When it hit the Northeastern United States, it was a Category 2 storm and the largest Atlantic Hurricane on record (as measured by diameter with winds spanning 1,100 miles).

Project Focus:  Repair/Rebuilding of owner-occupied homes with first floor rental units in Atlantic City, NJ, behind the Boardwalk.

Time:  Through 2014

Group Size:  2-72

Accommodations:  Housing provided at the Volunteer Center of the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group in Atlantic City.

Cost:  $160.00 per person for one week.  (or $30-$35/person/day for shorter trips)  Fee includes lodging, food, and supplemental insurance.

Ratio of Skilled to Unskilled Construction Volunteers:  1:4 In this rebuilding state, it is helpful for groups to include people with construction experience who can serve in a supervisory role as needed.

Minimum Age:  16

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:6

Education Components:  

  • Preparation for the Trip:  "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers"  Copies will be provided at group housing site.  Additional free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Luthern Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580.
  • Follow Up Action:  

If you would like to order a Disaster/Volunteer Ministries T-shirt, simply click HERE.

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  UCC Disaster Recovery (Bergen County)

C
ontact:  Judy Moore, UCC Disaster Ministries' Registrar for Hurricane Sandy Recovery.

Email:  jmooreucc@gmail.com
Website:  http://www.ucc.org/volunteer/disaster-recovery-volunteers/northern-new-jersey.html 

Registration

The Disaster Event:  in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy left Moonachie and Little Ferry in northern New Jersey under several feet of salt water for days after a 9 foot ocean surge overflowed the Hackensack River.  Almost all of the  homes in this area were damaged and residents were traumatized.  Local organizations responded immediately to help support these communities and projects are now ongoing to repair homes in this area.  Much of the media focused on areas on the shore so this small-inland area of Northern New Jersey was mostly overlooked.

Project Focus:  Long-Term Disaster recovery from Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Projects include home repair and rebuilding.

Time:  Long term recovery work continues in 2014.  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday.

Group Size:  Maximum 15.

Accommodations:  A house in Little Ferry is used for volunteer groups.  The house holds 30 people at maximum, has two bathrooms and two kitchens.  Groups bring their own bedding and prepare their own meals.  Other accommodations may be available.  UCC Registrar will make arrangements for your group upon receiving your on-line registration.  Bathrooms, showers and access to kitchen facilities and utensils are available.

Cost:  $100.00 per person for one week.  (or $20/per night) for  housing.  Costs for building materials and tools and construction supervision provided through local partners and long term recovery committee.  Your donations to One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of the Long-Term Recovery Committee and partners.

Ratio of Skilled to Unskilled Construction Volunteers:  1:4 In this rebuilding state, it is helpful for groups to include people with construction experience who can serve in a supervisory role as needed.

Minimum Age:  16 years.  Volunteers under age 18 have specific waiver forms requiring parent/guardian signature.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:4

Education Components:  

  • Preparation for the Trip:  "Mission Trips That Matter" by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.
  • On-Site Reflection:  "Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers"  Copies will be provided at group housing site.  Additional free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Luthern Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580.
  • Follow Up Action:  

If you would like to order a Disaster/Volunteer Ministries T-shirt, simply click HERE.

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  Fuller Center for Housing (New Jersey Pines)


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Contact: Sharon Tarver, Registrar for U.S. Builds
               701 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
               Americus, GA  31917
E-Mail:     starver@fullercenter.org
Phone:     229.294.2900    *Fax:  229.924.2901
Website:  http://fullercenter.org/americus
Register on-line:  http://fullercenter.org/usbuildteams/register?q=student-builders/builder-teams/register

The Fuller Center for Housing faith-driven and Christ-centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

Projects/Focus: Building new and repairing existing homes working with families in need.  The exact projects will be determined close to group arrival and based upon the progress of previous accomplishments of our volunteers and available resources.

Educational/Advocacy Components: Each group will receive an orientation about the community they will be serving.  This will include a discussion about poverty housing in the area, and the economic benefit of our “hand up-not a handout” approach to charity and how this builds a Fund for Humanity recycling homeowner payments to serve other people in need in the community.  Churches  do mission work by empowering the people they serve.

Time:  All Year.  Monday - Friday groups.  Weekend groups are a possibility (please call).  Work hours:  8:30 - 4:30 Monday - Saturday.

Group Size:  1-30

Minimum Age: 16+ years.

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  Four local churches in beautiful shore settings.  New Jersey Pines is proud to be a partner with the Presbyterian Disaster West Jersey Presbytery, Margate Community UCC Church and Linwood Community Church for housing.  Groups provide their own meals.

Cost:  $160 per person


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CONTACT INFO

Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland,Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org