Recovery Resources:

Financial Assistance Available for All Neighbors from ENJF

Applications are now being accepted for the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund (ENJF), which provides a one-time, direct cash benefit to eligible households who have suffered an economic hardship due to COVID-19 and were excluded from both the federal stimulus checks and COVID related unemployment assistance – including undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded. More details.

Volunteers Still Needed!

A group of 21 volunteers led by Butler UMC’s Jack Inglis gathered on Dec. 18 in Jersey City to help Christ Church, which had been devastated by Ida. Together, they were able to complete the work they needed to do!

But more volunteers, both untrained and ERT-certified, are going to be needed as AFWH progresses through this process through renewal. Gathering volunteers has been difficult as 70 other declarations of disaster have been made in the United States.

Early Response Team members have an opportunity to be a caring Christian presence to a hurting community. As New Jersey cleans up after Hurricane Ida, we want to connect with as many trained and non-trained ERT folks as possible. Please take a moment to complete the survey below. This information will help GNJ identify how it can support the needs of impacted communities.

  • Please fill out a volunteer survey here.
  • Your volunteer hours can be entered here.

Relief Resources:

Refugee Resettlement Reimbursement

In support of Church World Service’s (CWS) efforts in welcoming and resettling Afghan families, UMCOR is launching the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Reimbursement program. It will reimburse up to $1,000 to local UMCs in the U.S. that are in a sponsorship relationship with CWS. Click here for details

Lodging Expense Reimbursement for NJ Residents

New Jersey residents in Bergen, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union and Warren Counties who incurred expenses for short-term lodging because of Hurricane Ida may be eligible for reimbursement from FEMA. Find out more here

Hurricane Ida Disaster Recovery Center at Kmart in West Orange

FEMA opened a Hurricane Ida Disaster Recovery Center at Kmart in West Orange. The center is located at Essex County’s COVID vaccine site in West Orange. Read more

Essex County was recently added to the list of counties declared a disaster area by FEMA.

Additional Resources:

  • Report Damage | You can register with FEMA and report damage here. Deadline to apply for assistance is Jan. 6. According to FEMA, the federal funds can be used toward rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses, or other damages not covered by insurance.
  • Crisis Cleanup Hotline | Call 844-965-1386. GNJ is registering with Crisis Cleanup to be notified of unmet muck & gut needs. Our church and community members can also report their needs through this avenue.
  • Material Donations | This is a donations platform jointly administered by VOAD and the State of New Jersey.  If churches have in-kind or material donations that they don’t know what to do with, they can be offered here. It serves as a “virtual warehouse” of donations. Click here to find out more
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline is 800-985-5990. This is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
  • NJ Economic Development Authority is offering grants up to $5,000 for rent or mortgage payments for nonprofits that had damage due to Hurricane Henri and/or Ida. More info here
  • Human Services Announces Hot Food and Replacement Benefits Assistance for SNAP Recipients Living in Essex, Hudson, Mercer Morris & Union Counties. Click here for details
  • NJ residents may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Learn more here