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Two years after Sandy, Disaster Case Managers continue to work behind the scenes to help restore the lives disrupted by the Superstorm.
On WOBM-AM's Townsquare Tonight, Michele Green-Ferrante, with the Mental Health Association of New Jersey, said their team works along side the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group to offer disaster case management services.
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"Having that Disaster Case Manager helps the process move a little smoother," said Green-Ferrante. She describes them as people who can empathize with their clients, as they forge through the very frustrating recovery process, seeing them through to recovery and back into their residences.
Disaster Case Manager Jessica Gerstein said some of the biggest needs now involve helping people pay for housing while their homes are getting repaired and many of the supplemental government funding sources have dried out.
"So right now, a lot of cases are coming to the table where they're taking donated dollars towards rent or mortgage and it's something that we do a lot of but it does help people," explained Gerstein.
Disaster Case Manager Laura Guida said their services are becoming more and more in demand as people continue to learn about their services. She says it comes from really getting to know their clients, going through the frustrations of the long recovery process with them and actually helping them.
Enter here to read an open, heartfelt response from a husband and wife whose upended lives were healed by a DCM: