The following letter was submitted by Alyssa M. Turner, public relations coordinator for Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity:
Shortly before the chill set in the air, Maria and Steven Bertolini were able to return to their rehabbed home on Cedar Grove Road which was devastated by a house fire. A good portion of their home was destroyed. Maria, who was working two jobs while attending Georgian Court University, was diagnosed with a degenerative disease of the retina forcing her on to disability. As a single mother, Maria was also caring for Steven who was developmentally disabled.
Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity would like to thank all contractors, volunteers, Mayor Kelaher, and the Municipality of Toms River on behalf of the Bertolini Family for supporting our mission in the rebuild of their home.
Suzan Fichtner, Executive Director of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity said, "It is amazing what can be accomplished when people in a community come together on behalf of the common good...such is the magical story of 201 Cedar Grove Road. On behalf of Maria, Steven and the staff and volunteers of Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity THANK YOU for taking the time to Make a Difference in the lives of our neighbors and for helping to bring them HOME!”
Thanks to the support that you have provided, Maria and Steven are no longer homeless and are now able to once again have a place they can call home. Thank you for your generous partnership in this life-affirming work. We look forward to partnering with you in the future!