Northern Ocean Habitat For Humanity works on repairing landmark home
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity has taken a milestone by working on its 300th home repair as part of its neighborhood revitalization program at a home in The Township of The Brick.
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Since its inception in 1999, the nonprofit has built more than 20 homes in Ocean County and began its repair program following Storm Sandy in 2012 when it helped restore more than 60 houses, according to NOHFH.
Over the years that followed, they have helped a number of individuals and families to feel more comfortable and a little more secure in their homes.
Achieving a 300th home repair in just under a decade means a lot to NOHFH and the community here in Ocean County.
“It’s really our way of helping the community and making these necessary repairs for our low income families and community members who just don’t have the extra means to make these repairs.” NOHFH Executive Director Kristine Novakowski told Townsquare Media News on Sunday morning in the ‘Jersey Shore Journal’. “It really helps us make an impact in the community too. Besides building new homes, which we do every year, doing these repairs, it really allows us to go out and really help the community. really thrilled that we have made it to the 300th house repair and we could not have done it without the community members: The Brick Community Development Block Grants and the support of Brick Township make this 300th house repair possible. “
Novakowski not only attributes the funding for this 300th home repair, but also to the volunteers who came together to help.
“We are truly a volunteer-based organization, so being able to reach the 300th house repair shows how involved the community is and how willing the volunteers are to come and help us make these repairs for the community. “said Novakowski.
Robert and Evelyn Talmo, who have been married for over 50 years, see the house they have lived in for 54 years receiving the 300th NOHFH Home Repair and it couldn’t come at a more necessary time for them.
Robert, who has spent time as a cook at several Ocean County restaurants, has vision problems and difficulty walking while his wife, Evelyn, who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over twenty years, has recently diagnosed with dementia.
NOHFH received a request from Senior Services who referred the couple and now a ramp is under construction for Robert and Evelyn to get in and out of their house. This is just one of the improvements made to the house.
“Robert has just been disabled, he is now in a wheelchair and he did not have a ramp to get out of his house,” Novakowksi said. “There are also other issues in the house with the change of the bathroom to a more ADA compliant bathroom (bathroom) for the wheelchair. Repairs to the house were starting to increase and to skyrocket just because there was so much work to be done. “
NOHFH then began to receive financial assistance from the Township of The Brick and Mayor John Ducey as well as some local business partners.
“These local businesses really came together to help with that, we have Ferguson helping with the bathroom repairs and we have Adam Ricany who is a local electrician in The Brick who offers to help and do some electrical work for us. and we also have Ocean County Vocational Technical school students, ”Novakowski said.
When these students were approached and informed of the need to build the ramp, they said “how can we help”.
When she first met Robert and Evelyn, Novakowski said she said the couple were originally looking for a ramp, but was overjoyed to hear that NOHFH would do more to help them. in their needs.
“But then, when we walked into the house and saw the work, we told them that we could help them with their bathroom and their ceiling was starting to warp and that we were going to help them fix the ceiling,” he said. declared Novakowski. “They couldn’t believe it, they said ‘Habitat is wonderful, I don’t know what I would do without them and all the volunteers.”
Here are photos of the work done so far and with Brick Mayor John Ducey and the NOHFH teams and volunteers: