New Jersey

New Jersey

   Disaster Recovery (Atlantic City)
  Fuller Center Fuller Housing (Atlantic City)


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Contact: Sharon Tarver, Registrar for U.S. Builds
Phone:  229-924-2900          
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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.

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:   Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response.  Be sure your local congregation has a plan in case of a local disaster and get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved. 

Time:  Long Term Recovery.  Work Week:  Monday - Friday.

Group Size:  10 – 100.  Skill Level Required:  1 skilled volunteer for every 3-4 unskilled volunteers.  In this rebuilding stage, it is helpful for groups to include people with construction experience who can serve in a supervisory role as needed

Minimum Age:  18 + years

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.

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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
Phone:     229.294.2900    *Fax:  229.924.2901
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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


Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115