Our Stories: Jody Stewart 

After Superstorm Sandy I found myself angry at everything. I didn’t know who to direct my anger or even how to do. I heard about the New Jersey Resource Project and the changes they were making. Being part of  a power organization such as the New Jersey Resource Project has given me a sense of…

Our Stories: Lisa Cubeiro

I’m college educated, and had a really good job making $65k a year. I worked seven days a week, and was the primary breadwinner for the first seven years of my marriage. We planned to have children. One day, on the job, I slipped on gravel over a metal plate in the street, which broke…

Our Stories: Layla Polk

I’m a mother of two, and a student at Stockton. I was doing well until a year ago when I lost my job while pregnant, then lost my apartment. Things went downhill from there. I didn’t have a car, or money for a car. I signed up for TANF, which was temporary. I was trying…

Our Stories: Joe Karcz

Our Stories: Joe Karcz In 2002, I got divorced, bought a little bungalow, and renovated it—everything down to the studs—while I was in between knee surgeries. I completed all the rooms except for the bathroom, and then Superstorm Sandy hit. My home was severely damaged. I never thought it would take over 65 months to…

Rising Seas: In the Press

The Fate of My Grandmother’s Home: Facing Sea Level Rise in New Jersey AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR, GUEST COMMENTARY, UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS https://blog.ucsusa.org/guest-commentary/the-fate-of-my-grandmothers-home-facing-sea-level-rise-in-new-jersey  

In the Press: Safety Net

“MacArthur defends his linchpin health care amendment to raucous crowd” by Lauren Fox CNN Politics 05/10/17 http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/tom-macarthur-town-hall/index.html   “‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan” by Lauren Gambino The Guardian 06/25/17 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/25/medicaid-republican-healthcare-plan-affordable-care-act   “ROBINSON: MacArthur should fight to prevent Medicaid cuts” by Joanna Robinson Asbury Park Press 06/07/17 http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2017/06/07/robinson-macarthur-fight-prevent-medicaid-cuts/102580882/  …

In the Press: Sandy Five Years Later

“Five years after Sandy, Questions Remain About Whether New Jersey Is More Resilient” by Scott Gurian 10/27/17 https://www.wnyc.org/story/five-years-after-sandy-questions-remain-about-whether-new-jersey-more-resilient/   “5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy” Marty Moss-Coane, Radio Times WHYY 10/27/2017  https://whyy.org/episodes/5th-anniversary-superstorm-sandy/   “How Sandy changed us: Is it enough?” Michelle Brunetti Post Press of Atlantic City, 10/28/2017 http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/how-sandy-changed-us-is-it-enough/article_5fe4e218-1f19-5b60-9f4b-1bcecc84e2af.html   “The Long Road Home: A Look Back At Superstorm…

Health, Retirement, and the Safety Net

We are here for affordable, quality healthcare for all families and dignity in our retirement. We work to ensure Medicaid, Medicare and food assistance programs are protected and expanded. In our community – children, working families, seniors, women, people living with disabilities, people struggling with mental health and people who struggle addiction depend on these…

The Long Road Home

THE LONG ROAD HOME UNDERSTANDING SANDY RECOVERY AND LESSONS FOR FUTURE STORMS FIVE YEARS LATER In partnership with Rutgers researchers and Stockton University’s service learning program, we have undertaken the first community-based participatory research project on Sandy recovery. Community Captains, volunteers who survived Sandy themselves and student partners, conducted interviews in neighborhoods and circulated an…