Volunteers to Repair Homes Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

By Josh Chapin
|  Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 11:49 PM EDT
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Volunteers to Repair Homes Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

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Robin Mongillo is getting a new counter-top to go along with new cabinets, a paint job and a whole lot more.

"See there's the all new windows that they're replacing," Mongillo of Milford added.

Homeowners like her battered by Sandy are getting help from groups like AmeriCares.

The Stamford non-profit will send volunteers to four communities this weekend to help repair damaged homes. It's a joint effort between Homefront and AmeriCares the Hurricane Sandy Relief Program. Mongillo finally got in this year after applying two years before and getting denied.

"It wiped out my entire oil tank, my electricity, my furnace, everything, the whole garage is still rotting inside," Mongillo added.

Volunteers will be coming to Robin's house early Saturday morning to do a variety of work as they will be at 19 other houses in need along Connecticut's shoreline. It's something Homefront does every year on the first Saturday of May.

"We just want to do a good job and hope things go well for robin's family," said Maria Tomasetti of Saint Ann Parish in Milford, one of the organizations volunteering their time.

"Coming home every day back and forth and seeing the devastation. You just didn't know," said Mongillo. "You didn't know where to turn. It was just overwhelming.

Mongillo says it was overwhelming to see water flowing from her house during Sandy and to see her front yard in a state of disarray. Yet now she's overwhelmed by support.

"Happiness now that it's getting replaced with new things. It was once sad Sandy. Now it's actually turning out for the best," said Mongillo.

Behind her new pool Robin pointed to a sign left by her neighbors that says today is the day for a new beginning. This mother of two can't wait.

"Until tomorrow. See you tomorrow. Another day," Mongillo added.
 

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