Marissa stands outside her condemned home in the snow 15 months later. The water line still visible.
Wrapping presents for the Secret Sandy Claus project.
Over 1100 children received gifts personally delivered by Santa, Mrs Claus and his Elf helpers this past Christmas. Here, Dan Guarino (Associate Editor of the Rockaway Wave Newspaper) plays Santa.
Marissa last week delivering a bed and other furniture to many different households along the peninsula.
Collecting and organising supplies for her monthly Rockaway Free Flea Market.
1 year and 3 months - Marissa Bernowitz
26 year old Marissa Bernowitz is amazing. Over a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated her community, Marissa and her two sons are still displaced and are living in her mother’s two bedroom apartment on Rockaway Beach Boulevard with nine other family members.
Aside from her own situation, Marissa is still dedicated to helping the thousands of others affected in Rockaway to get back on their feet. Her tireless efforts to continue with The Rockaway Free Flea Market, The Secret Sandy Claus project among many other community endeavours, has proved to be invaluable to the still struggling community.
Reaching out via social media and creating her own telephone hotline, Marissa has built a vast network of connections, which is a lifeline for many families. Sourcing food, building supplies, furniture, toys, household items and even submitting FEMA paper work for many who need the help.
Listen below to hear Marissa’s passionate explanation of why she’s still dedicated to the relief cause.