Helping Disaster Areas Renew and Rebuild through Local and Regional Collaboration

Helping Disaster Areas Renew and Rebuild through Local and Regional Collaboration

In October of 2017, PRAB sought to respond to the string of natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries. Our response was two-fold:

  1. Partner with local individuals and organizations to raise funds and collect goods toward disaster relief.
  2. Bring together individuals and institutions from Greater New Brunswick to collectively engage in sustained relief and rebuilding efforts.

Over the first few months, several individuals and groups got together to explore how Greater New Brunswick could provide a sustained response to natural disasters, particularly in areas in which our local residents had ties. We raised money and went to Puerto Rico to provide immediate relief. We also developed linkages and procedures to coordinate relief efforts between Greater New Brunswick and those in local disaster areas.

In January 2018, the group named itself Juntos Together, for which PRAB serves as the coordinating nucleus of this long-term initiative.

Our Approach

Juntos Together employs a long-term community and institutional capacity building approach in its disaster relief response. We foster ongoing collaboration and promote citizen participation as the way to bring about larger scale infrastructure re-design in affected areas.

Juntos Together believes that disaster relief efforts must consider local perspectives and draw on local networks of aid. Indeed, the most effective approaches to community resilience are locally relevant, draw on sustainable local aid sources, and leverage established and renewable relationships across sectors within and outside of the affected area.

  1. Support first responders on the ground by enhancing their response capacity and preventing future loss of key personnel
  2. Support local organizations that are focused on sustainability initiatives, especially around energy and agriculture
  3. Support efforts to rebuild and create housing for local residents, thus increasing their ability to remain in their communities

Through Juntos Together’s collaborative efforts, individuals and institutions get to employ sustainable approaches that ensure the renewal and rebuilding of disaster areas. We strive to improve food security, environmental quality, and safe and livable housing. In the process, we would help preserve local human capital while strengthening community-based infrastructure.

Grant Awardees

Juntos Together is thrilled to have awarded targeted grants to several initiatives of local and regional organizations. These funds have enabled the groups to make an impact in the lives of the people affected by the natural disasters:

Our Partners

Juntos Together is working with the following organizations to support their local sustainability initiatives and involve them in our collective community resilience-building work:

  • Casa Pueblo
  • Metro Emergency Response Team, Inc. (especially Fire Chief Eulando Piñero)
  • Plenitud PR
  • Puerto Rico Fire Department
  • Puerto Rico Resilience Fund
  • Community Action Partnership of New Jersey
  • DeVry University
  • Learning to the Core
  • Middlesex County Workforce Development Board
  • National Executive Service Corps
  • New Brunswick Tomorrow
  • Nina Rios-Rivera
  • Professional Latino Firefighters of Central Jersey
  • PRAB
  • Raices Cultural Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • The Sanctuary of North Brunswick
  • Spanish American Law Enforcement Association (SALEA)
  • National Coalition of Latino Officers (NCLO)

Juntos Together is grateful to the individuals and institutions, who have provided financial resources to support our work:

  • Ana Berdecia
  • Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple
  • Benedict & Altman
  • Dosdiaz Inc – Pizza City
  • Everas Community Services
  • Havana Central, Edison, NJ
  • Magyar Bank
  • Martha Naranjo Professional Services LLC
  • New Brunswick Bar Association
  • Raritan Valley Baptist Church
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Staff
  • RWJF President’s Grant Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation (our major funder)
  • Saint Barnabas Corporation
  • Silver Line by Andersen
  • Ciclovia in New Brunswick (October 2017)
  • PRAB Community Block Party (October 2017)
  • Sing for Puerto Rico Fundraiser (November 2018)
  • Suydam Street Reformed Church Garage Sale (October 2017)
  • And many other giving individuals and institutions

Help Make an Impact

To learn about partnering with Juntos Together, please call us at 732-828-4510

Latest Relief Efforts

Juntos Together rebuilds houses of firefighters and police in puerto rico (audio in spanish)

Puerto Rican news report on Juntos Together’s 2019 rebuild mission (audio in spanish)

First responder rebuild campaign, april 2018

Juntos Together Puerto Rico 1st responder rebuild team introduction

Video (date: october 2017)

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To learn about partnering with Juntos Together, please call us at 732-828-4510

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