Hope's on the Way Plans Mission to Bricktown, New Jersey June 22-29, 2013
Volunteers are needed for our first mission trip to Visitation Relief Center in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, in support of the over 3,000 families who need assistance to help rebuild their homes, because of Hurricane Sandy. Visitation Relief Center /affiliated with Visitation Parish tells us that 28% of the damage from Hurricane Sandy occurred in their zip code area.
Our trip is scheduled for June 22 to June 29, 2013. We will leave from Darien, Illinois, Saturday morning, heading for Visitation Parish, 721 Mantoloking Road in Bricktown, New Jersey, June 22nd and return Saturday, June 29th.We will drive the 960 miles in rented vehicles. All transportation, fuel, and lodging for the trip, and meals while at the site are the responsibility of Hope's on the Way. Your only requirement will be for meals while traveling and your personal expenses.
We are looking for 12-16 volunteers. It is also good to have a few extra to fill in if an unexpected emergency stops someone from being able to go. We will receive our exact worksite and requirements approximately six weeks prior to arrival so that we can plan accordingly.
Anyone interested should contact us through this website or call directly to Deacon Sal (708) 293-0810 with their contact information. Any person over the age of 18 is invited to volunteer, regardless of their skill level. There is work for every volunteer, but skilled tradesman are most welcome and are extremely valuable to the mission. All we request of you is your time and talent. Once the volunteer team is assembled they will be contacted with meeting dates to plan for the mission. This will be Mission Trip Number 13 for Hope's on the Way since its inception in 2005. Together, let us bring hope to those who are in despair because of Hurricane Sandy.
“Buckets of Hope” for Victims of Sandy
Hope’s on the Way, a group of people conscious of their gifts who have been helping victims of disaster's since 2005 has developed a program to provide five-gallon buckets filled with cleaning supplies for the victims of Sandy. Items were collected between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, and collected at the 14 drop-off sites. As of December 26, 2012 the collection sites are closed. On December 27 and 28, the completed buckets were picked up by Pickens-Kane Companies. Delivery by Reliable Moving and Storage was completed on January 10th.
On behalf of Hope's on the Way we wish to thank all who participated in theBuckets of Hopeprogram. Over 500 buckets of cleaning supplies were sent to the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, and to Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, & Staten Island counties in New York, to assist in the recovery of those in distress because of hurricane Sandy. Because of your generous assistance we were able to surpass our goal sending sixty-four cases of additional products and several boxes of miscellaneous items that will be divided equally between the two destinations.
Hope's on the Way has been successful because of the sacrifices of many people. Individuals gave freely, donating over 60,000 cleaning supply items, monetary donations, many hours of their time, free council, and free delivery of the buckets and additional supplies to their final destinations in New Jersey and New York. The buckets send more than cleaning supplies; they send our prayers and good wishes that this assistance might turn a tear into a smile and help remove despair as they realize that hope is ever present in our world.
We wish to especially thank the following for their generous assistance:
James P. Munroe, President Pickens-Kane Companies
Don Krengiel, Allied Van Lines, Westmont
Peter Toscano, President, Reliable Moving & Storage, Elizabeth, NJ
Deacon Richard Hudzik, Co-Vicar, Deacons of Chicago
Deacon Charles Jindrich, President RIC, Inc.
Harry Austin, President, James Austin Company, Mars, PA
Robert Deer, President United Press, Inc.
Click here to listen to Deacon Sal Lema discussing Buckets of Hope on Relevent Radio 950 am.
Click here for information on how to make a donation. Contact us to find out how to become a Hope's on the Way volunteer.
Projects Completed by Hope's on the Way:
IN LOUISIANA, 2005-2009: 57,600 man hours of labor were provided in Louisiana by 127 volunteers.
More than $800,000 in goods and services.
IN CHICAGO, SINCE 2008: St. Rene vestibule and narthex: 270 man hours of labor by nine volunteers St. Vincent De Paul Family Store: 400 man hours of labor provided by 50 volunteers New Chapel at Our Lady of Peace Church: 224 hours of labor by 14 volunteers Deacon Hill Hall: 1,700 hours of labor by 37 volunteers Saint Francis De Paula Shelter: 80 hours of labor by 10 volunteers Community Center for Saints Peter and Paul Parish: 2,250 hours of labor by 53 volunteers Zaccheus House: 256 hours of labor by 8 volunteers
OCTOBER 2011: Fosters, Alabama: 397 hours of labor by 9 volunteers, $15,000 in goods and services provided
Contact us to find out how to become a Hope's on the Way volunteer.