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HOPE Coalition America and Project Restore HOPE: Hurricane Sandy have already hired staff, and this month will be opening offices in Brick, New Jersey and other key cities impacted by Sandy in the state of New Jersey.

HCA has more than 1,000 professionals committed to provide volunteer financial case management and counseling, along with my team, for those impacted.  The lead volunteer partner for Sandy work is JP Morgan Chase, which has been incredible with more than 600 committed HOPE Corps volunteers leaning into this important work.

A special thank you to the State of New Jersey Relief Fund (for Hurricane Sandy), the Office of the First Lady for New Jersey, Mrs. Mary Pat Christie, the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration, JP Morgan Chase, Ares Capital Management, the American Red Cross, UPS, Chubb Insurace which donated our 55 Water Street office space in New York, and a range of additional partners engaged here.

HCA is a national partner with FEMA for emergency financial and economic preparedness, response and recovery for the nation.  For more information on our Hurricane Sandy response work, how you can get involved, or get help, contact Fred Smith, division president for HCA.  Also important to the process is Mary Hagerty, CEO of Operation HOPE NYC and my NE leadership officer.

A special tank you to Michael Arougheti, principal of Ares Management of Manhattan, and a national member of the Operation HOPE board of directors.  It was Mr. Arougheti who spearheaded the corporate effort to get corporate leaders engaged and involved in our Sandy recovery efforts in the weeks following the disaster.  His leadership will be forever remembered, and much appreciated.

John Hope Bryant

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