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30 Months After Sandy, Brick’s Visitation Relief Center Still Busy

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Visitation Relief Center (File Photo)
Visitation Relief Center (File Photo)

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the Visitation Relief Center grew from a small volunteer kitchen to one of the area’s largest relief organizations, branching out from traditional food and clothing relief to a myriad of volunteer activities that have included environmental cleanup, a community garden and home rebuilding.

Approaching 30 months from Sandy’s landfall, Visitation – located adjacent to the Catholic church of the same name – is one of the few storm relief organizations that remain in northern Ocean County. “Business,” so to speak, is – unfortunately – good.

“We have residents still sleeping in cars, and in homes with no power or water,” said Christie Winters, director of the relief center. “Many nonprofits are shutting down and closing due to a lack of funding.”

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Winters recently told Brick officials at a township council meeting that the remaining relief organizations may suffer a lack of funding come Oct. 30, when the Disaster Case Management program is scheduled to sunset. The program, run by Catholic Charities but funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, focuses on unresolved housing issues and other problems local residents are experiencing during recovery. The program has been extended on numerous occasions, allowing the Visitation Relief Center to continue to operate to the extent it has, but Winters said she is concerned officials in Washington may consider recovery complete after three years.

“Recovery is not even close to being complete,” she said.

For now, the relief center will continue its impressive volunteer effort, which has contributed $3,708,000 million to local storm recovery projects, logged 119,000 volunteer hours, handled 3,182 family intakes and rehabilitated 287 homes. Additionally, the relief center volunteers have grown 2,332 pounds of fresh vegetables harvested from its community garden and removed 536 tons of debris from environmentally sensitive areas.

Volunteers at the relief center are currently working on their spring cleaning program, Winters said. Donations of household goods and cleaning items are being requested, and can be dropped off the center any time.

“We have been very, very busy and very proud to serve our town and the surrounding communities,” Winters said.


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  • Chuck Cumella

    I’m glad to see that this article was published. We are far from being recovered; despite what our governor has stated. He is WRONGER THAN THE STORM. The storm may have been over 30 months ago, but THE STORM IS NOT OVER!!! Drive around Shore Acres, Cherry Quay or any other water front community on the mainland side of Brick. The state and federal government have dropped the ball…… hence, STOP FEMA NOW!! Check us out on facebook or at http://www.stopfemanow.com

  • Frank Rizzo

    The land of Obama’s milk and honey…..your milk from your hard work…he keeps the honey as he and the rich get richer. The most gains for the rich in history under Obama while people here struggle. Let them eat cake say Michelle….while those in Versailles dine on state bought luxuries.

    • Brandy the Dog

      Wow Frank! Now you are claiming that Obama supports the 1% er’s and in other statements you claim he only cares about social programs. Which is it?

      • Frank Rizzo

        He plays to the masses and the un-informed who think by doing so he is a “Good Guy”. People like you want this stuff, …you believe in this stuff …breathe it…and you would not vote for anyone who says he will cut it out. Tough road for anyone to campaign against Santa Claus. Yet he gets richer and richer and cannot wait to leave office…have zero responsibility to the people or his office…and make millions giving speeches like Bill Clinton does.

      • Brandy the Dog

        Please tell me what you mean by people like you want this stuff….you believe in this stuff… breathe it…etc.. Maybe I’m missing your point. Are you saying I’m not informed and gullible? …. and is Santa Claus supposed to be Obama? I’m not comprehending your post.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Sorry if your liberal dumbing down of America education prevents you from getting the point. Santa Claus is Obama..and any Democrat who promise the people the world with free health care…shovel ready jobs…cash for clunkers…you name it while here we see people unable to recover from a flood almost three years ago because of his destructive economic policies and his removal from the population.

      • Brandy the Dog

        Yes, People are still trying to recover from the effects of “Sandy” 3 years later. Did you ever consider Governor Christies role in this? You always look to blame Obama for all this country and states problems. Do you recall Hurricane Katrina and the mismanagement of the response, do you remember George W’s “Your doing a heckuva job Brownie”? New Orlean’s still hasn’t completely recovered.
        You claim “the liberal dumbing down of America’s education”, How about George “W’s”, No child left behind, talk about a misguided school reform effort. George W. Bush also cut Pell Grants that provided loans for poor students. Do you think only the upper middle class or upper class are the only ones that should be able to attend college?

      • JW

        Facts and logic are liberal black supremacy conspiracies!

  • JW

    Thank the insurance companies for paying out 30% below market rate for what they were supposed to be liable for under their policies. Ask our great new congressman about it, Tom MacArthur.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Why so many problems here while the gulf coast swims in restoration money under Bush.

      • JW

        The Gulf Coast is still empty. Probably 1/4 of the residents went to Texas and Oklahoma. New Orleans has half as many residents today as it did before Katrina. You don’t know what you’re talking about, as per usual.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Look at the sheep arguing each other about their Red vs. Blue teams. And who is better. Wow, they really will never learn. Even when it’s right in front of their eyes.

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM