My wife and I were among the fortunate that did not suffer any physical damage from Hurricane Sandy here in Central Monmouth County. Sadly there are far too many people that weren't so lucky.
Upon viewing some of the local damage here at the shore, my emotions were all over the place.
As an established building contractor I could not help but to recognize the opportunity that this storm might possibly bring to an industry that has been hurting for too many years now.
As a photographer I sought out the opportunity to capture images of an historic event that has forever changed the landscape of the Jersey Shore.
But as a human being I was deeply affected as I witnessed the massive loss of property and the suffering of so many people who have lost so much. And I can't help but to personally feel guilty that the worst thing we had to deal with was a loss of utilities for eight days.
One of the hardest hit areas near me was in Union Beach where the homes are not so robust and are densely arranged. The destruction of property and personal belongings was so widespread there that it became difficult to comprehend what I saw. Shortly after witnessing Sandy's wrath on such a personal level I signed up as a volunteer and helped wherever I could mostly helping homeowners move all of their possessions, furniture, clothing, electronics, appliances, carpet, drywall, etc to the curb for debris pick up. These unfortunate people have nothing left but they were luckier than some who had their entire homes ripped off the foundation and then shredded by the raging flood water.
I've seen the pain and sorrow, I've seen tears from the devastation and tears from appreciation. I've seen people with hope, I've seen some wanting to give up and many still looking for answers. It is emotional for me to go there but I'm glad I did. If my presence brought just one person the slightest bit of comfort then it was worth it.
I also volunteered in Keyport and Union Beach on Thanksgiving Day helping to deliver hot meals and it was easily my best Thanksgiving ever because of it.
There are still many sad sights and stories to be told but the greatest thing I've taken from the experience is the outpouring of love and compassion and sympathy that is on display at every corner of every street. It is truly inspiring to witness human behavior at its best especially at a time when my faith in people was sadly beginning to fade. There will be many challenges that lay ahead for many people and if you are able to help out in some way I highly recommend it.
I must add that in no way is my desire to help others motivated by possibly gaining work. I am just a guy with a desire to help people and in fact never mentioned to anyone what I do for a living.
But the reality is that there are going to be many folks looking for honest and reliable contractors and I am willing to provide estimates to anyone that needs one. My company is Unlimited Building Services, Incorporated out of Matawan and we are licensed, insured and reputable. Our telephone number is 732 591-4900.
The attached images are some of the many photos I've taken which are posted to my Facebook page where many others can be found. Please visit www.Facebook.com/LikeStansPhotos and be sure to share and Like my site if you feel it worthy.
Thanks for reading,