New Jersey

New Jersey

  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:  844-645-3485
Website:  http://www.fchnjp.org/
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 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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   Disaster Recovery (HOLMDEL) 

 

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Contact: Joy Blazak, LSMNJ Disaster Recovery Housing Manager
E-Mail:     Jblazak@lsmnj.org
Phone:     Office:  848-206-2551

 "Superstorm Sandy" of 2012 affected 24 U.S. states. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second costliest in U.S. history. Volunteers are still needed in 2017 as many people remain displaced. There were over 72,000 homes affected in New Jersey and many of these residents are still not recovered. UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response to continue the work in NJ at two sites.

Location:   Holmdel, NJ - approximately 15 minutes from Union Beach, Keyport and other Northern Monmouth County c

Work Needed/Type of Work:  Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheetrock, flooring, painting and finish molding.  Sometimes, based upon the volunteers skills, other job needs can be accomplished.

Site Management:  Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with LSMNJ Disaster Recovery.

Required:  Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms (to be supplied).

Eucation/Advocacy:

  • 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" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning.  Work Monday - Friday - or as mutually agreed on. 

Minimum Age:  16 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:3

Maximum Group Size:  12

Accommodations:  Housing is in the Youth Room of a newly renovated Fellowship Hall.  Cots are provided.  There is a lounge area with TV as well as pool and ping pong tables. Groups will also have use of a full kitchen and beautiful backyard.  One shower is on site, and those over 18 also will be able to shower at the Fitness Center of Brookdale Community College – a 5-minute drive from the church.

Meals: If desired, the church will provide pizza on the first night and one dinner (on a mutually agreeable day).  Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare all other meals.  The church is across the street from an excellent deli for breakfast and lunch, and within walking distance of a family restaurant/pizzeria.  A supermarket is close by.

Tools: Limited tools are available at the construction sites, but groups should plan to bring their own tools when possible.

Cost:  $20/person/night

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Disaster Recovery (Wall with Housing at Camp Evans)  

 

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Contact:  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
E-Mail:    pda.callcenter@pcusa.org
Phone:    866-732-6121
Volunteer Packet:

"Superstorm Sandy" of 2012 affected 24 U.S. states. It was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season and the second costliest in U.S. history. Volunteers are still needed in 2017 as many people remain displaced. There were over 72,000 homes affected in New Jersey and many of these residents are still not recovered. UCC Disaster Ministries has partnered with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response to continue the work in NJ at two sites.

Work Needed/Type of Work:  Repair/Rebuild homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  Work ranges from basic carpentry to sheet-rock, flooring, painting and finish molding.  Sometimes, based upon the volunteers skills, other job needs can be accomplished.

 Site Management:  Site and construction management is being provided by UCC Disaster Ministries in partnership with local recovery agencies.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Lutheran Disaster Response.

 Required:  Insurance certificate from the sending church and waiver forms.

 Eucation/Advocacy:

  • 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" Free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580 (ISBN 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.
  • Follow-Up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your congregation has a plan in case of local disaster (View sample plan).  Get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  Arrive Sunday afternoon and depart Saturday morning; work Monday-Friday.

 Minimum Age:  16 years

 Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:3

 Maximum Group Size:  60

 Accommodations:  Camp Evans in Wall, NJ is a "brand new" 144 bed facility built after Sandy.  The facility has 3 large bunk rooms (separated by gender), bathrooms, 2 TV areas, WiFi, a game room, computer room, cafeteria room, kitchen trailer, and 2 showers trailers each with a washer and a dryer.  The building is located within a gated facility that has plenty of parking and outdoor space.

Meals: Groups will be expected to purchase and prepare their own meals.

Tools: Limited tools are available  on site but groups should plan to bring their own tools when possible.

Cost:  $20/person per night (includes access to all Camp Evans amenities.

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