Belmar community rallies to get 2 families displaced by Sandy back in their homes

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BELMAR, N.J. (PIX11) -- The Mayor of Belmar says all but two families that were displaced during Sandy are back in heir homes, and the town wants to help.

Teresa Keefe and her family used to live in Belmar. Keefe has been able to keep the kids in the same schools, but life has been anything but normal for them since Sandy, she told us.

Krista Sperber and her family are also not back in their Belmar home.

Mayor Matt Doherty said the town is tying to get these two families back in their homes, trying to raise $200,000.

The families told me it's been a mixture of battling insurance companies, not enough aid, one hurdle after another.

Teresa Keefe told us she and her family are staying with her brother in Lakewood.

The Sperbers, Krista said, have moved several times.

With the fundraising effort, both women told us they felt hopeful and thankful.

According to Mayor Doherty, the goal is to have both families back home by June 1, 2015. The campaign is called "Home by Summer."

Doherty says the town has partnered with The Saint Vincent De Paul Society of St. Rose in Belmar for this campaign. They opened an account just for the purposes of raising money and paying the contractors for work completed, the mayor said, and all donations are fully tax deductible.

The Mayor says donations can be made online through PayPal by going to and clicking on the link "Home by Summer', or checks can be made out to "Home by Summer" and mailed to Borough of Belmar, Attn: Home by Summer, PO Box A, Belmar, NJ 07719.

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