Working alongside Rebuilding Together Bergen County and Lowe’s, Kickoff to Rebuild’s presenting sponsor, more than 150 volunteers from other sponsors, past and present NFL players, celebrities and community leaders are completing home repairs for 13 local low-income homeowners. Volunteers are also revitalizing two community spaces as part of continued rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.
Kickoff to Rebuild is an annual NFL-sanctioned event hosted by Rebuilding Together. For 19 years, Rebuilding Together has partnered with the NFL and the local Rebuilding Together affiliate in Super Bowl cities across the country, rebuilding houses and bringing together neighborhoods, home by home, block by block, because everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home.
In October 2013 we mobilized hundred of volunteers to provide critical repairs to 13 homes in the borough of Moonachie, NJ and now on January 31, we will do it again. Working alongside Rebuilding Together Bergen County and Lowe’s, Kickoff to Rebuild’s presenting sponsor, more than 150 volunteers from other sponsors, past and present NFL players, celebrities and community leaders will complete home repairs for 13 local low-income homeowners. Volunteers also will revitalize two community spaces as part of continued rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The finishing touches will be put on the new playground by Carter Oosterhouse, founder of the Carter’s Kids Foundation. The playground was built at the October pre-event. Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s partnered with Carter’s Kids to build a new playground as part of the rebuild in October. Carter’s Kids was founded by Carter Oosterhouse of HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms and Celebrity Motor Homes, to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and neighborhood playgrounds.
View photos of the volunteers hard at work during the pre-event in October on our Flickr page.
Meet a few of the homeowners who will soon be able to fully live in their homes once again:
Rob grew up in Moonachie mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow for the older woman who then lived in his home. When she moved, she advised him to purchase her home, which he later did. Rob now lives in that home with his wife, Kristina, and his sons, Donovan, 10, and Colin, 4. Kristina’s mother and sister live in the second rental unit of the home.
Rob currently works for New Jersey Department of Transportation and Kristina is a full time mother to Donovan and Colin who both have special needs.
On the night of the storm Rob was not home, so Kristina reached out to her in-laws for help with the boys. That night, water filled the lower level reaching over five feet. Water filled their living room, dining room, bathroom and destroyed both units’ furnaces and hot water heaters.
Rob, Kristina and the boys are living in the top floor of their unit right now. The space is cramped and very difficult for the boys. They are very excited to be able to live in their whole house again. They hope to make some improvements to the home to accommodate the boys’ special needs. One big change is an open living concept that will allow the parents to keep an eye on the boys at all times
Teresa was up praying the night of the flood and saw the water coming towards her home. Thankfully the water didn’t enter the first floor of her home, but it did fill the crawl space damaging the furnace, hot water heater, and her family’s cars.
Clifford is an Air Force veteran having served in Germany for four years and as a reservists for another four years. He then worked for Great Bear Spring Water for 30 years as a delivery driver and dispatcher.
Teresa suffers from COPD. The flood water touched the hard wood floors in the bedrooms, so it is important to replace the flooring as mold and mildew may lead to additional respiratory issues.
On February 1st, Rebuilding Together will celebrate our 18th Annual Kickoff to Rebuild, a Super Bowl sanctioned charity event. NFL stars Garrett Hartley and Robert Royal will join our volunteers as we renovate the homes of low-income homeowners in New Orleans. Below are just some of the stories of the people we are helping.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore are childhood sweethearts who have been married for nearly 35 years. Mr. Moore served in the Navy for two years shortly after graduating from high school. The Moores’ eldest son and daughter share their father’s passion for service and joined the Air Force. Their daughter assisted her fellow New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Isaac.
"I’ve been around the world, and no matter where you go, there ain’t no place quite like New Orleans," said Mr. Moore. The Moores plan on watching the Super Bowl together in their newly renovated home.
Anthony Hudson and Lauren Pope
Anthony Hudson joined the military after graduating high school and served one term as an Ammunition Specialist. While being stationed in Iraq, he watched as Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Ever since being honorably discharged, he has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for his family and others around him.
Anthony and Lauren are engaged and have three children together. The renovations they’re receiving will make their house a safe and healthy home for their kids to grow up in.
Lois Paige has lived in New Orleans for over 90 years. This retired elementary school teacher, wife, and mother has been a strong contributor within her community. Her proudest moment came when her daughter graduated from Tulane University’s Newcomb College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Due to arthritis and other health issues, it is difficult for Ms. Paige to move around her house. Ms. Paige receives excellent care from her daughter and a sense of security from living next door to her grandson. However, the critical home repairs she will receive will greatly better her quality of life.