The Record: Sandy information center funded by grant opens in Moonachie
Jim Norman | The Record
Sandy information center funded by grant opens in Moonachie
The Volunteer Center of Bergen County has opened a recovery information center in the First Presbyterian Church in Moonachie to provide assistance to people who are still suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
The drop-in center at the church at 221 Moonachie Road was established with funding from a $200,000 grant from the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to the Bergen County Long Term Recovery Committee, an arm of the Hackensack-based Volunteer Center.
The Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund is the organization headed by Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Christie.
According to the Volunteer Center, the Moonachie office will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Any resident ofBergen County affected by the storm will be able to learn about recovery resources that are available, the volunteer center said.
Janet Sharma, the head of the Volunteer Center, said the Moonachie center is prepared to help with issues like mold remediation, legal advice, and even post-storm gardening. In addition, the center will make counselors available to help residents deal with lingering emotional and psychological impact of the storm, Sharma said.
The $200,000 grant also will help pay for a construction coordinator who will oversee home rebuilding efforts, and for nuts-and-bolts construction materials and work that could include rebuilding walls, plumbing and electrical systems, or cleaning up mold.
The Volunteer Center gave credit to the paint company Sherwin Williams for providing volunteers and materials to prepare the recovery information center, and to the Rotary Club of Englewood and Rotary District 7490 for providing funds for furnishings, phones and internet service.
People needing the recovery information center’s services were asked to visit during the open hours or call (201) 470-3143.