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Inspiring Neighbor in Jersey City

One thing is helping a neighbor that you know and lives next to you, it’s truly remarkable to help a complete stranger.

Harendra Ikkurthi from our building in Jersey City helped a family with children find a place to live. Even though his own wife was in the last trimester of her pregnancy. He continued to help this family in need looking up information, speaking to co-workers and eventually got this family in contact with our Resident Manager. With this help, the family was able to find a home in time for the holiday season.

Helping his neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy

This week, the spotlight goes to Mathis Sharpless from our building on Gifford Ave in Jersey City. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mathis was contacted by an organization to hand out $100 gift cards to help offset the cost of spoiled food. Without thinking twice, he went door to door and organized a group of his neighbors for them to receive gift cards. By the end of the day, he helped distribute over $30,000 worth of gift cards to his neighborhood.

Little acts of kindness go along way and Mathis showed what it is to think about your neighbors in a  time of need. 

Helping his neighborhood during Hurricane Sandy

This week, the spotlight goes to Mathis Sharpless from our building on Gifford Ave in Jersey City. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mathis was contacted by an organization to hand out $100 gift cards to help offset the cost of spoiled food. Without thinking twice, he went door to door and organized a group of his neighbors for them to receive gift cards. By the end of the day, he helped distribute over $30,000 worth of gift cards to his neighborhood.

Little acts of kindness go along way and Mathis showed what it is to think about your neighbors in a  time of need. 

Inspiring neighbor in Elizabeth.

Here’s an inspiring story from of our buildings in Elizabeth. Angel Abreu was walking into his Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment building when he noticed smoke rising from a neighbor’s car while she was parking.  He immediately told her to get out of the car, and the engine burst into flames just as she exited.   Angel ran into his building, grabbed a hall fire extinguisher, and returned to the blazing auto.  He attacked the fire and quickly put it out.  His quick thinking and heroic actions for a neighbor prevented injury to the driver and damage to any adjacent cars. 

 

Inspiring neighbor in Elizabeth.

Here’s an inspiring story from of our buildings in Elizabeth.

Angel Abreu was walking into his Elizabeth, New Jersey apartment building when he noticed smoke rising from a neighbor’s car while she was parking. He immediately told her to get out of the car, and the engine burst into flames just as she exited.   Angel ran into his building, grabbed a hall fire extinguisher, and returned to the blazing auto.  He attacked the fire and quickly put it out.  His quick thinking and heroic actions for a neighbor prevented injury to the driver and damage to any adjacent cars.

 

“If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.” – Bruce Lee

I hope everyone is managing well in the snow. Don’t forget to help a fellow neighbor in need!

Who is your neighbor?

Rabbi Joachim Prinz was born in Germany, expelled by the Nazis and found refuge in America as Rabbi of Congregation Bnai Abraham in Newark, NJ.  In August 1963, he joined Dr. King at the March on Washington.  In his speech just prior to Dr. King’s, this is what Rabbi Prinz said to the crowd: “In the realm of the spirit, our fathers taught us thousands of years ago that when God created man, he created him as everybody’s neighbor.  Neighbor is not a geographic concept.  It is a moral concept.  It means our collective responsibility for the preservation of man’s dignity and integrity.”

Our Mission: Inspiring Our Neighbors

We provide rental housing for over 1,200 people, and our staff believes that housing is the most fundamental of needs. Almost all of our staff lives in our communities, and each morning we are there as residents embark on their day. We expect our residents to pass on to others the good service, good deeds, and acts of kindness we provide every day. Our staff works hard to inspire our residents so that they can inspire others. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, the staff’s deeds spread across our properties, to our neighbors, down our blocks, and into the entire region.