On December 13, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County celebrates the dedication of Barbara Costanza’s new family home and officially hand over the keys to the family. More than two years ago, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the home the Costanza’s had lived in for 26 years. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County board members, staff and volunteers will join Barbara Costanza, her son Joseph Rice, Union Beach Mayor Paul Smith and other guests, including students from Joseph’s high school, for the dedication.
The Costanza family will also be presented with holiday decorations and ornaments for their Christmas tree, which is being donated by Maple Leaf Gardens of Holmdel. The Salvation Army Band of Red Bank will also be on hand to add to the holiday merriment. And guests are invited to donate gift cards and non- perishable food items to help the Costanza family have a brighter holiday.
The Governor and First Lady recently visited the Costanza home on October 29, 2014, which was the second anniversary of the storm. It was at this event that Mrs. Christie announced that Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County would receive a $500,000 grant to continue to fund the affiliate’s Sandy Critical Repair program.
Ms. Costanza and her son have been renting an apartment in Keyport NJ. Ms. Costanza is a former ER nurse for CentraState Medical Center and is currently on disability due to an injury. Her son Joseph is a junior at St. John Vianney High School, where he is a kicker for the football team.
With the completion of the family’s new home, Habitat in Monmouth County has now assisted 88 families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County volunteers and community partners have been working very hard over the last several months with the Costanza family to get them in their home by Christmas.