by: Elizabeth Bailey
A Recovery Information Center is now open and ready to assist victims of superstorm Sandy. The center is a collaborative project between the First Presbyterian Church of Moonachie and the Long Term Recovery Committee of the Bergen County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). The VOAD is sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.
The Recovery Information Center, located at 221 Moonachie Road in Moonachie, will be open from 11 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. Special thanks to Sherwin Williams for providing volunteers and materials to spruce up the center and to the Rotary club of Englewood and Rotary District 7490 for providing funds for furnishings, phones and wi-fi! The phone number for the center is 201-470-3143.
Any resident of Bergen County affected by the storm can fill out an assessment for and learn about recovery resources available to them. Residents who sustained wind and tree damage but who live outside the flood area are encouraged to call the Information Center to do an assessment.
Counselors are also available to help residents cope with the emotional and psychological aftereffects from this traumatic event.
The Long Term Recovery Committee is a collaborative effort between 50+ organizations intent on helping residents recover from the storm. LTRC has received grants of $200,000 each from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund established by Governor Christie and the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Members include home repair nonprofits, faith-based groups, social service organizations, and government agencies.