The Long Road Home

THE LONG ROAD HOME UNDERSTANDING SANDY RECOVERY AND LESSONS FOR FUTURE STORMS FIVE YEARS LATER New Jersey Resource Project partnered with Rutgers researchers and Stockton University’s service learning program to examine the long term health and economic impacts of Superstorm Sandy and asked survivors if they believe we are ready for future storms. The experiences…

Black Friday Deals for the Sackler Family?

Remember when we introduced you to the Sacklers? One of America’s wealthiest families that owns Purdue Pharma and was responsible for pushing opioid painkillers and lying about how they were non-addictive and safe? Well. They’re going for some serious Black Friday discounts on the pain and tragedy they’ve caused in our communities.   If you…

Under Water: New Jersey’s Battle for our Families and Future

“It is important for the people of New Jersey to realize the effects climate change is having on our community”- Tricia McAvoy, Brick Township-based community leader New Jersey is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In particular rising sea levels, frequent flooding, and increasingly intense storms affect communities.  According to the Washington Post,…

Project Overview

New Jersey Resource Project (NJRP) partnered with a Stockton University sociology class this year to collect stories of Sandy survivors who are still battling flooding. NJRP has been talking to a large range of shore residents to connect the dots between flooding and the need for renewable energy so that we can slow rising temperatures….

Fran’s Story

by Gabby and Christina Fran, 75, resides on a quaint street in Ventnor, New Jersey, where she has lived in the same cozy home since 1974. She is an important and beloved member of her community, volunteering with organizations such as Jewish Family Services and the New Jersey Knitting Guild. In addition, she is a…

Tricia’s Story

by Tyhler Climate change and sea level rise has been a great concern for the New Jersey community for many years now. Ever since Superstorm Sandy, the need to address our coastal area has become more important. Tricia McAvoy, a Sandy survivor, believes that it is imperative for communities across New Jersey to come together…

Nancy’s and Tony’s Story

by Arianna and Ché Nancy, 52, and Tony Caira, 53, of Waretown, New Jersey, have experienced the brunt end of Hurricane Sandy damage, to say the least. But what is often overlooked is the aftermath of the storm, and how it affects the shore-based community to this day. For the Caira family, it has been…

Colleen’s Story

by Mitchel and Dana Hurricane Sandy survivor Colleen F. is a resident of Little Egg Harbor, NJ. Colleen has resided here for the past 30 years and has raised her daughter in this small community-oriented town. Colleen has a significant presence in her community. For years, her family has attended church at St. Theresa’s, where…

Denise’s Story

as told by Ricky and Daisey When Superstorm Sandy first hit, all Denise Vaccaro felt was a sense of panic. She had no direction and didn’t know what to do about the upcoming storm. Denise had to be convinced by multiple people that she had to leave and she barely left with enough time. The…

Chuck’s Story

by Jonathan and Meira When Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey, it washed away or flooded many homes. Flooded, too, were the minds of survivors as the process of rebuilding caused enormous strain. Given this, it is hard to believe that there are many survivors like Chuck Griffin. Chuck, a resident of Little Egg and a…

Alison’s Story

by Mikaela and Sean Having moved around quite a bit in her adult years, Alison was used to large storms and the impacts they had on her communities. Hurricanes such as Irene and Sandy and the derecho in 2012 wreaked havoc, leaving the state of both her home and surroundings each with more problems than…