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By Joy Belgiovine
Hurricane Sandy forced 77-year-old Moonachie resident Jim Moran out of the home his parents built in 1958. Faced with several feet of water which damaged the walls and floor, Moran was left with only a few personal items he was able to collect before evacuating via a rescue boat during the storm.
That was back in October. Moran had not been able to return to his home until recently, thanks to the efforts of Rebuilding Together Bergen County and Popular Mechanics magazine.
Popular Mechanics, a national magazine with more than 8.8 million readers, and Rebuilding Together teamed up to help paint the home’s interior, doors and trim, and assist with appliance installation and yard clean-up. Extensive water damage required mold remediation services and installation of a new sump pump. “I’ve been displaced for a very long time, and like the saying goes, there is really no place like home,” Moran said. “The repair work that was done is excellent. Everything is new and came out just great. I’m so happy to be home”
The home represents the sixth project Popular Mechanics has supported with employee volunteers and funding since first partnering with Rebuilding Together in 2008.
“Every year, Popular Mechanics works with Rebuilding Together to help families get home again,” says Popular Mechanics Publisher Michael Kuntz. “This year, we knew we needed to help someone affected by Hurricane Sandy, and our readers can learn all about it in our upcoming September issue, where we chronicle how DIY means doing good. We, along with Chevrolet Silverado, Delta Faucets, FrogTape, and KILZ, are honored to be able to give Jim his home back.”
Rebuilding Together Bergen County enlisted the professional services and skills of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 164 members who volunteered their time to remove and replace damaged electrical wiring throughout the residence. Local businesses and national partners provided hardware and supplies to help complete the renovation. The total scope of work included the installation of insulation and sheetrock, replacement of subflooring, new carpeting and linoleum, new kitchen cabinets, counter, sink and appliances and a new bathroom.
“Bringing individuals and families back to homes that are now safe and healthy is our mission, and we’re proud to have worked on 108 homes affected by Hurricane Sandy, serving 148 of our neighbors right here in Bergen County,” said Gretchen Viggiano, executive director of Rebuilding Together Bergen County.
On Father’s Day at the third annual third-annual 5K and 2K race held at Saddle River County Park in Paramus, approximately 250 runners came out to raise money for Rebuilding Together Bergen County to help repair more homes like Moran’s which were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in hardest hit towns of Moonachie and Little Ferry.