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President Carter Lends a Helping Hand In Union Beach

Carter Work Project Kelly Gayara

UNION BEACH, NJ (October 12 , 2013) – Team Synergy was fortunate to work with former President Jimmy Carter to help Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County rebuild homes in Union Beach that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. 

On Saturday, President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, joined Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County and hundreds of volunteers to help repair and restore homes for families in Union Beach that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy last October.

Union Beach was significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy, leaving many homes damaged or demolished. The Carters and volunteers worked together to repair homes damaged by the storm. The event marked the conclusion of the 30th annual Carter Work Project, a week where the Carters’ give back to people in need of assistance with rebuilding and repairing housing.

Coinciding with the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day, construction began on October 7th in Oakland and San Jose, California; Denver, Colorado; New York City and concluded on October 12th in Union Beach in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County.

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Working at each of the host sites, hundreds of volunteers helped to improve homes and communities through a range of tactics from new, energy-efficient construction and critical home repair rehabilitation, weatherization and home preservation. Team Synergy was fortunate to work alongside President Carter and volunteers to help renovate and repair 10-12 damaged homes in Union Beach as well as aid in the construction of two new ones.

Before the Carters left for their own home in Plains, Georgia, on Saturday, they gave no indication they would be slowing down their volunteer efforts anytime soon.“Rosalynn and I have been to a lot of places struck by natural disaster,” Carter said. “We’ve been to Thailand after a tsunami, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and to Haiti after the earthquake. We’re looking forward to working side by side with you.”

“Habitat is addictive,” Rosalynn Carter said. “To meet the people and see how they live — it does something for you.”

 

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.