SBP NJ is a non profit organization dedicated to rebuilding houses in the Ocean and Monmouth County area. Five years after the super storm, there are still many families displaced from their homes or worse living in their storm damaged homes. We serve families with moderate to low income families, seniors and veterans. Many of our homeowners are victims of contactor fraud leaving SBP there last hope to returning home. has bec
We are able to assist these families by using volunteers, AmeriCorps members and donor dollars. This allows us reduce the cost of construction and then bridge the funding gap. With your help we can continue to bring families home.
What your donation buys:
$100: Kitchen sink
$250: 1 bathtub
$500: Materials to reframe 1 house
$1,000: All doors for 1 house
$2,000: Flooring for 1 house
$5,000: Insulation & drywall for 1 house
$10,000: Materials for 1 kitchen & 1 bathroom
$25,000: SBP's cost for 3 Americorps members
$50,000: Materials & in-house skilled labor to complete 1 house
The Martorelli Family
Sal served in the US Army as a Private, First Class shortly after WWII ended. He was stationed in Guam for eight months, and also traveled to Saipan and the Mariana Islands during his time. Salvatore was awarded the WWII Victory Medak for his service.
At the time of Sandy, Salvatore and Mary Jane evacuated their home just before the sotrm, not believing that it could be any worse than those in previous years. To their horror, the couple was not allowed back to assess the damage for a week afterwards. What they eventually found was devestating. The home was uninhabitable and they were forced to move in their only son, Peter for 10 months.
While trying to rebuild their home, they had two different contractors commit fraud, one taking about $10,000 and one taking about half of their state grant, approximately $80,000 all told. Because of Mary Jane's perseverance in pursuing the fraudulent contractors, the state was able to give them a new grant to aid in their continued recovery.
They managed to have he storm ravaged house torn down, but have been unable to rebuild until now. To make matters worse, Sal, 89, has been battling cancer during these years since Sandy. Because of his trwatment he became confused one evening and fell out of bed. Complications from his fall required Sal to have brain surgery, which he is still in recovery from. MaryJane has become a full time caregiver for Sal through this difficult time, all while trying to move their recovery forward.
He and his wife built their home in Bayville together, from the ground up. For her this home is a reflection of the life that they share, and they were both devastated when it needed to be demolished following HUrricane Sandy. Mary Jane looks forward to finally moving back to the place she and Sal call home.