400th Critical Home Repair!

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity began their 400th critical home repair for a veteran and his partner in Brick Township, NJ, surrounded by volunteers and supporters!


John, the homeowner, is an Airforce veteran who lives with his partner, Jennifer. He served for 4 years in North Korea in 1971 and has lived in his home for 33 years. After the Airforce, John worked in moving and delivery services. Both John and Jennifer have arthritis and mobility issues, raising a need for ADA modifications and general repair work that will allow them to age-in-place in their home.  


The Northern Ocean Habitat construction team is building a new back and front porch, and a ramp that will extend from the porch to the driveway. The Ocean County Vocational Technical School is assisting with the construction and Woodhaven Lumber is donating the materials.


John and Jennifer will also receive a tub-to-shower conversion, with Ferguson donating a shower enclosure. This project will be funded by the Brick Township Community Development Block Grant.

These repairs will provide easier transportation and ensure that any falling hazards are eliminated. The couple will soon feel more comfortable knowing they have a safer and more stable place to live. 


“The work Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity is doing is beautiful. I thought we were going to crash through these porches at any minute. Thank you so much for all of your help,” said John. 


Northern Ocean Habitat’s Critical Home Repair program is viewed as “a hand-up, not a hand-out.” Applicants must fit financial criteria and be willing to partner with Habitat, completing sweat equity hours and paying it forward in the community. The program focuses on critical health and safety issues in the homes of low-to-moderate income individuals and families and makes needed repairs to restore and maintain the homes.  

“It fills me with immense joy to acknowledge our 400th critical home repair, especially for a Korean War veteran. This repair symbolizes our commitment to honoring those who’ve served our nation. Each repaired home represents the dedication of our staff, volunteers, community members, and partners in helping to restore hope and dignity for families in need. Thank you to all involved in making this milestone possible,” Kristine Novakowski, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity Executive Director. 


 Mayor Lisa Crate and her council attended the worksite to grant a Proclamation, naming Thursday, April 11, 2024, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity Day in Brick Township.