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Recovery assistance center opens in A.C. for Sandy victims

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Members of the Atlantic City community announced the opening of a long-term recovery center that will help those still in need following Hurricane Sandy.

It's been over two months since Hurricane Sandy left thousands of home's damaged, including Stacey Brown's, but he hope's the opening of a new recovery center in Atlantic City will help his family get back on their feet.

"They came and gutted our house for free, so we wont have to pay for that. And they are just helping us get further assistance with what we already got from FEMA and some other entities," said Sandy victim, Stacey Brown.

The newly created Atlantic City Long-Term Recovery Center was designed to help the residents of Atlantic City receive both construction and financial needs for free with the help of volunteers.

And even those like Brown, who already received assistance from FEMA, are still eligible for help.

"This means everyone insured, underinsured, or have no insurance can come to a place that will assist them in the recovery of their homes," said Chairman of the group, Rev. Collins Days.

"This is an opportunity to get our residents acclimated into their homes, and try to begin to put this unfortunate incident called Sandy behind us," said Mayor Lorenzo Langford.

Supporters like Mayor Lorenzo Langford say this is just a small portion of a much bigger picture.

"The beginning of a thousand mile journey begins with the first step, this is that first step." Said Langford. "We've got a long way to go but at least we are on our way."

The Mayor says most the city's tourist attractions are no longer in need of physical recovery assistance, but organizers of the center say those who live here all year long deserve a brighter future.

"We've got our entertainment industry up and running and that's a message that needs to go out. But there's another equally important message, and that is that there are people in Atlantic City that are hurting," said Operations Manager, Craig Snow.

Organizers of the recovery group say they still need more volunteers as well as a place to house them to really get the recovery center started.

Anyone who would like to help or needs assistance can call (609)541-2189.

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