Last week, NY and NJ residents left in the cold by Hurricane Sandy got some much-needed relief in the form of 24 Habitat for Humanity mobile response units equipped with tools and equipment donated by Lowe’s and the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. The vans, which were a gift from Chevrolet, were part of Habitat's first-ever mobile fleet to assist with the long-term recovery of communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The caravan of caring left its Atlanta base last Monday and arrived in Staten Island, N.Y. and Union Beach, N.J. on Wednesday, where volunteers immediately put the supplies to work.
It’s been nearly two months since Hurricane Sandy tore through the tri-state area and we’ve been hearing less and less about it on the news, making it easier to forget that hundreds of families are still out in the cold. As temperatures continue to drop, the need for rebuilding and repair has become even more dire and Habitat for Humanity’s vans equipped with tools, supplies, construction gear and materials will speed up the process for volunteers.
“As the initial reports of Sandy’s devastation recede from the headlines, now the hard work of recovery begins to help affected communities and people get back on their feet,” said General Motors Chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson.
“The Habitat Mobile Response Units are an exciting new offering from Habitat for Humanity that will assist families who need help with critical home repairs,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “With winter upon us and many families in need of support, these response units will facilitate our efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are immensely grateful to all the volunteers who will work alongside these response units this week and in the months ahead, and to Chevrolet, Lowe’s and Bosch for their generous donations.”
After its initial stops in Staten Island and Union Beach, the mobile response fleet was also deployed to a dozen Habitat affiliates in the greater New York metropolitan area to carry out extensive clean-up and repair efforts. The units are part of Habitat’s larger “Repair. Rebuild. Restore.” effort that is currently providing families in need with critical home repairs, renovation, weatherization, new construction, and community planning.
Photos © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein