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Funding Targets Storm Relief Efforts for Individuals with Disabilities

kesslerKessler Foundation headquartered in West Orange, NJ, reports that it has awarded nine grants to non-profit organizations that serve individuals with disabilities in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The grants, which total out to $58,440, stem from the Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund and are intended to meet the immediate needs of these organizations to resume operations or accommodate the needs for special equipment and accessible housing. The fund, Kessler says, is supported by ongoing donations and the proceeds of the Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit, which was held on November 15.

A variety of organizations have received funding from the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund. These organizations include the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society received a grant to provide funding for lost or damaged medical equipment as well as home and car modifications for clients disabled by MS. 21 Plus Inc, Toms River, NJ, reportedly received a grant to contribute to the relocation of residents of Bayview Group Home, which a recent news release notes was demolished by Hurricane Sandy. The Cheshire Home, Florham Park, NJ, was awarded funding in order to ensure that the facility is equipped to maximize safety and well-being during prolonged electrical and heating outages, according a recent Kessler news release

The release notes that additional non-profit organizations that received funding include the Jersey City, NJ-based Hudson Community Enterprises. The organization is a social enterprise that primarily employs individuals with disabilities. Hudson Community Enterprises received a grant to purchase a new server and other equipment that was damaged during the storm. Portlight Strategies Inc, Johns Island, SC, also received funding to restore and replace durable medical equipment and assistive devices lost or damaged by the storm.

The Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, Margate, NJ, Jewish Vocational Service of Metrowest, East Orange, NJ, Ocean Mental Health Services, Bayville, NJ, and Our House Inc round out the non-profits that received funding from the Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Fund.

The Foundation adds that it is still accepting applications from non-profits here.

Source: Kessler Foundation