PRIDE Employees Provide Sandy Relief

When Superstorm Sandy struck the east coast last month, PRIDE employees at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) did not run away from the ensuing disaster; they stepped into action.

Storm clouds

Since 2010, PRIDE Industries has provided base wide facilities support services to Fort Dix, part of the key JB-MDL military installation in New Jersey.  PRIDE is a nonprofit organization, providing manufacturing and facilities services to business and government agencies nationwide, while creating meaningful jobs for people with disabilities.  PRIDE provides base wide facilities support services to JB-MDL,  including building maintenance, roads and grounds, electrical systems and water treatment systems at Fort Dix.

In the wake of this disaster, 35 employees with, and without disabilities, worked together in shifts around the clock for four consecutive days to ensure that the base facilities remained operationally stable.  At Fort Dix, PRIDE employees maintained the emergency generators for the military’s critical facilities to keep the power flowing.  Others cleared roads from downed trees and debris, and alleviated flooding in low lying areas by clearing obstructions from storm drains.  A big thank you goes out to all PRIDE employees who made sacrifices to help out during this disaster and exceeded expectations along the way.

A quote from our customer at Fort Dix sums up their performance:  “I am taking this moment to express my gratitude to PRIDE Industries for the quick response and actions during Tropical Storm Sandy.  They showed professionalism and courtesy in those trying times.  Without PRIDE employees working so diligently we would not have been able to function.”

Carlo Parra, PRIDE Electrician; Samantha Gralla, PRIDE Counselor; Cathi Talbot, PRIDE Service Order Clerk; and Michael Bencivenga, PRIDE JBMDL General Manager present $10,000 in support to Cammi Trinidad, Donations Manager for the American Red Cross at the Burlington-Camden office.

PRIDE also supports the communities in which our customers and employees live and work.  Our mission – creating jobs for people with disabilities – requires strong community support and, in turn, strengthens the communities that we share.  As such, PRIDE’s JB-MDL employees were proud to deliver a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross Burlington-Camden office to provide emergency disaster relief assistance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, assisting those in greatest need.


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