Marlboro, NJ (November 6, 2012) – The NHF Board of Trustees stepped up quickly to help the many who took big hits from the storm. Dr. Comerford, New Hope’s CEO reported that one employee lost her home, many were flooded out and evacuated, most were without power for extended periods and continued hardship continues for many. While this was and remains the case for now, he indicated that “there is no end to the exceptional stories I can tell of the extraordinary efforts employees took to get to work and in many cases remain at work for several days.” He reported that at one point, when the road to the main facility was blocked, employees parked their cars and walked the balance of the way in the storm to get to work. Dr Comerford indicated that he is extremely grateful for this exceptional level of dedication that insured that “we were able to admit patients throughout the storm and the needs of New Hope’s more than 200 patients in residential treatment continued to be met in warmth and safety.”
In an effort to help with immediate personal, family, and living needs and losses not covered by insurance the New Hope Board of Trustees dedicated funds employees can apply for confidentially to receive immediate support and to help with longer term uninsured losses. Payments made from the fund will not have to be repaid and according to a recent IRS release, such payments are not subject to individual income tax in areas declared a disaster. The Board dedicated $10,000. to start the fund to cover immediate needs and is committed to adding more if resources can be made available.
You can help by making a tax deductible contribution to the fund by donating via PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account, just a credit card). To make other payment arrangements by calling (800) 705-HOPE (4673) Ext 248.