A group of volunteers from a Gwinnett County church is in New Jersey this week to let Hurricane Sandy victims know they are not forgotten.
Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain is among 40 teams who have gone since the storm hit October 29 to help with the hurricane relief effort led by two local Calvary Chapel churches in New Jersey.
Renee Nackino of Lawrenceville has been on a dozen mission trips with the church including three following Hurricane Katrina.
“I feel like they’ve been forgotten and I feel like they need to know there’s still people who care and want to come to help,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
The group will be going to some of the hardest hit areas along the Jersey shore that were devastated by Sandy.
They will assist in the demolition inside some of the homes as well as beginning the rebuilding process in others.
Raul Nassar is pastor of missions at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, New Jersey and is leading the hurricane relief effort.
He began by helping church members and friends pump water from their homes the day after the storm and the effort grew from there. Teams are now coming in regularly to work in areas within a 70 mile radius.
“We’re not just helping people to rebuild their homes, we’re helping them rebuild their lives,” he says.
Nassar says they’re working closely with the township of Ocean Grove which suffered only moderate damage in the storm. A retreat center there is being used to house relief teams.
He says plans are to continue hosting relief teams from other Calvary Chapel churches across the country through at least March.