It's a difficult to understand disasters and the aftermath. We see them on cable stations and our local news stations. Homes that are ripped from foundations in tornadoes, buildings bought to rubble in earthquakes, tsunamis that roar through villages leaving death tolls that become just a figure. That is till you're in one. Pictures don't show the smell of mold and tears of many too proud to realize that our lives are forever imprinted with a nightmare.My name is Liz Treston, I live in Long Beach, NY. October 29, 2012 seems so distant for many that did not have the Atlantic come surging through it's city and front door. We were lost, devastated by the sheer destruction. We're also stereotypical New Yorkers. We wanted things fixed and back to normal the next day. We were in for a sad awakening.I don't know how we met. I was helping my neighbors gather information from disaster relief groups. There were many names. There are many souls upon this planet given a calling that says I refuse to let others give up. There will be hope and a tomorrow.My hope and a number of souls came to City, in a white van with NECHAMA written on the side. My family was assessing our damage. It was cold. We were lucky in many ways no one was hurt. The van stopped at my house. I was expecting another offer a water and a meal as I protected myself in a cocoon of uncertainty."We're here to help", said a young man. His face clean shaven and his hands with recent callouses. "Think we're okay". I knew their were others who were in worse shape then myself. When you're in the thick of the guts of your house laying in the street you don't think clearly. You worry about others. Maybe this man saw my soul. He slipped me a card and said to call when I was ready. I gave him the names of neighbors that I knew needed more help.That's what happens. You see kindness and a glimmer of a sense that things will be okay.In a few months it will be 4 years since Superstorm Sandy slid up from the South and stole out houses. It never stole our souls though because of the men and women from places that come to post disaster areas like NECHAMA.I hope that you can give to this incredible selfless group. You truly never know when a disaster will come. I am glad to know that when the water recedes NECHAMA will be there for you. When the water did recede in Long Beach I became an active member in learning and disseminating information. With the guidance of Dorothy Maples and others from the Long Term Recovery Groups we started our own non-profit to help our residents prepare for future emergencies. Again without NECHAMA and it's continuous efforts across boundaries and borders too many souls will feel lost. Help them let those in disaster areas find their way home.
NECHAMA are life savers!! My community was ravaged by Super Storm Sandy. We were at a loss how to even begin to recover and rebuild. NECHAMA came in and helped restore lives. Thank you!!
This organization, and especially its members, are to be commended on their selfless work to ease the suffering of disaster victims. These people travel from one disaster to another, helping people put their lives back together. We need to thank them and enciurage them andsupport them.
I see the pictures and stories of all the good Nechama does , and I know a few of the people who serve with the organization and the have servant hearts and main goal is to help others.
I have seen pictures and heard accounts of some of the places they helped with flood disasters. They seem well organized and they all seem to have a genuine desire to help these victims start the recovery. They are very hardworking.
Nechama is amazing! Last summer our community was hit by a devastating flood. Homes and possessions were destroyed and hope was threatened! However, Nechama came into town and lead the way toward recovery! Their personnel, experience, knowledge, resources/equipment and most importantly desire to help people brought our community hope and inspiration. Words can not adequately express my gratitude for Nechama but I will forever be thankful for the way they assisted our community in our time of need.
Nechama gave us a great tour of their facility back in January. They did a wonderful job of explaining their organizations mission and how they help during natural disasters. I am a youth director for a synagogue and brought my youth group members. They had a great time watching the movie, touring the garage, looking at the tools and eating MRE meals!
I am a youth adviser for 7th and 8th graders in the area. I took my group for a tour of NECHAMA and it was fantastic! This was a very eye-opening event for some of them who had never considered the impact that a disaster might have on their own homes, much less a family who had very few resources. At the end of the day, the kids had a good idea of the wonderful work that NECHAMA does to help communities in need. They were also enthusiastic about volunteering with NECHAMA in the future. I very strongly recommend NECHAMA.