The effects of Superstorm Sandy are still being felt by Jersey City residents more than 18 months after it hit the New Jersey coast. On June 28, Saint Peter's University students, staff, and alumni joined volunteers from Rebuilding Together and the American Red Cross to provide much-needed demolition and painting to locals like Navy veteran Norberto Lucero, whose basement was submerged in four feet of flood waters.
Criminal Justice student Shahroz Ahmad, Class of 2017
“I was part of the Muslim Student Association, so we have meetings across [from Campus Ministry] and I walk back and forth, always I wanted to know what they did with the community and everything. It’s just going and helping the community because you can’t rely on the government with the funding and everything. The people that will do good jobs are your own community because they know the people. They know the problems that other people do not realize and they fix it accordingly, like right here. Like all of us. Even though we’re doing a small or a big job we’re all doing something beneficial.”
"I’ve been here for 15 years. 1999…June 1999 to present. It’s where my kids grew up from three years old all the way until college. The streets were flooded just like a river. Water was about up to my knee. Everybody got hit over here and we tried applying for Federal Aid. There was a little bit of help from the Federal Government. So it’s alright, we got it for the necessary things just like a dryer, water heater, furnace because it’s nearing December. The most important things. We found out that the American Red Cross gave our names to Rebuilding Together Jersey City, and I’m thankful, very much, to the American Red Cross, Rebuilding Together, and the volunteers of Saint Peter’s. You did a good job and I hope you’ve got more people that you can help. Certainly me."
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