Shortly after Hurricane Sandy hit our area, Interfaith Neighbors established a Sandy Relief Fund for victims and their families. Although many of the families affected would be eligible for reimbursement from thier insurance companies and FEMA, many others were not so lucky, especially low-income families or renters who may not have had insurance. Many hourly workers lost wages as a result of the storm, with businesses closed for up to two weeks or more, and with travel remaining treacherous. Interfaith Neighbors was there in the immediate aftermath, and will continue to be there for many months to come as families slowly rebuild their homes and their lives.
One family came to us in desperate need of assistance. A husband and wife with five children were living in an apartment infested with mold as a result of the storm. They were able to find a new home and Interfaith Neighbors assisted them with the security deposit. The family is now healthy and well, and they are most grateful for the assistance.
We continue to hear stories like this every day, and we will support our communities as we all continue to recover from the storm.
In the last several months, Interfaith Neighbors has seen a great level of need as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Our area has been devastated, and families are falling through the cracks who didn't have insurance or who are ineligible for relief from FEMA. As a result, Interfaith Neighbors established a Sandy Relief fund to support the most vulnerable residents, and to help them back on their feet. Last month, Interfaith Neighbors provided assistance a single mother of two sons. Because of the storm, the mother’s employment stopped for several weeks which caused a financial hardship. The mother’s employment has resumed and the family is most grateful for the assistance. If you would like to help people just like this, please consider making a donation. Thank you!
Last month, Interfaith Neighbors helped a husband and wife and their 19 month old child. The husband was a veteran who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was unable to work. The wife was a stay-at-home mom. After seeking medical treatment, the husband was able to return to the workforce and the wife found a part-time job. Interfaith assisted them with their back rent so the family could avoid eviction and homelessness. If you would like to help families just like this, please consider making a donation to Interfaith Neighbors. On behalf of the families we serve, thank you for your support!
Interfaith Neighbors continues to help families in need to stay in their homes. This past month, Interfaith Neighbors helped a single mother of three who recently suffered a massive heart attack and needed surgery. She is doing well and hopes to return to work shortly. Interfaith Neighbors assisted with her back rent so the family could maintain their housing.
Recently, we helped a grandmother who had to take custody of her two grandchildren, a seven year old and adevelopmentally disabled teenager. The grandmother works part time as a home health aide. It was necessary for her to relocate the children from their present environment. Interfaith Neighbors provided rental assistance to make this move possible.
These are just a few of the stories we hear every day of people struggling to make ends meet and take care of their families. We hope you will continue to support homeless families in Monmouth County!
Interfaith Neighbors continues to work hard to support working poor families and prevent them from becoming homeless. We recently completed our annual report, and the numbers reflect what our staff has felt all year through - we provided assistance to a record-breaking number of families this year! In a typical year, Interfaith Neighbors will provide rental and mortgage assistance to approximately 200-225 families. This year however, we helped over 270 families. So many families received assistance that some of our grants actually ran out of funds by October - an unprecedented phenomenon. We made it through the end of the year based on the generosity of several donors who came through in the last quarter.
We continue to rely on donations like those received through GlobalGiving in order to support our families. We have entered the new year, and we can't continue to do this work without your help. We sincerely hope this year brings much needed financial stability in our communities. For those who are still struggling, and with your support, Interfaith Neighbors will be here to help!
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