OUR STORIES

  • JOE MANGINO
    JOE MANGINO
  • JOE MANGINO
    JOE MANGINO
    I refused to let the storm beat me and I refused to let the recovery defeat me. Like 40,000, other homes mine was severely damaged after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey in 2012. I not only lost a home but I also lost a business and a 2nd job. I didn’t think I could feel more helpless and clueless. What were we going to do? Where was my family going to live?
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  • CHUCK GRIFFIN
    CHUCK GRIFFIN
  • CHUCK GRIFFIN
    CHUCK GRIFFIN
    I’m Chuck Griffin. 35 years ago, my wife and I bought a small, inexpensive house here in what was then known as Mystic Island. In October, I’ll be 70 years old. We had to evacuate during Sandy and got more than three feet of water in our house. Our home was severely damaged. It was not livable but structurally sound. My wife and I have lived with her Mom for the last 3 ½ years.
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  • BILL HALBEISIN
    BILL HALBEISIN
  • BILL HALBEISIN
    BILL HALBEISIN
    Bill Halbeisin has owned his home in Beach Haven West since September 22nd 1989.  He retired from being a school psychologist in 2006.  He had four and a half feet of water in his house during Superstorm Sandy.  The entire structure was damaged.  He's lived in nine different places since the storm and says he feels like he makes camp to break camp and then make camp again. 
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  • LISA STEVENS
    LISA STEVENS
  • LISA STEVENS
    LISA STEVENS
    Lisa Stevens, also a member of the New Jersey Organizing Project, has owned her home in Little Egg Harbor's Mystic Island since 2002.  Ten months before Sandy hit, she retired from a career of service to the state at the Division of Youth and Family Services.  When she bought her house she was told 'it never flooded'.  During Superstorm Sandy, Lisa had about two feet of water in her house.
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  • SANDI MACKAY
    SANDI MACKAY
  • SANDI MACKAY
    SANDI MACKAY
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  • THE MAGLIO FAMILY
    THE MAGLIO FAMILY
  • THE MAGLIO FAMILY
    THE MAGLIO FAMILY
    The Maglio’s RREM form-that were hand delivered to the RREM office in Lakewood (approximately 45 minutes from their home) were lost They had to repeat paperwork, and were not given enough money in the first grant for the handicap adaptations that are critically important for their family. Through no fault of their own, this process has been extended beyond the grant deadline – they got an extension the first time, and after three tries the second extension is still under review. They’re not home for good yet.
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