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September 24, 2018

Greater New Brunswick Consortium Is Premiering A Documentary of Its 2018 Puerto Rico Rebuilding Project In Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

CONTACT:
Cuqui Rivera, PRAB (arivera@prab.org) 732-339-2334
Captain William Borke III, New Brunswick Fire Department (732) 309-7537

New Brunswick, NJ – September 19, 2018…Juntos Together (JT), a consortium of individuals and community organizations in Greater New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced that it will be premiering a documentary of its first Puerto Rico Rebuilding Project, which took place in April 2018 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma Maria. The Premiere will be held at the renowned State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The State Theatre is a partner of Juntos Together in the Documentary Premiere.

Tickets for the Documentary Premiere are available via Eventbrite.

  • General Admission: $30 ($35 at door)
  • Students: $20 ($25 at door)
  • Seniors (60+): 20 ($25 at door)

At the documentary premiere, there will be music, T-shirt sales, a raffle, and an art auction.

The Documentary Premiere kicks off Juntos Together’s fundraising efforts to support our Puerto Rico Rebuilding Project #2, scheduled for spring 2019. 1st Responder leaders on the island will help identify the homes of the 1st Responders and residents for the upcoming project. Current donors include the State Theatre New Jersey, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, and RWJF President’s Grant Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

The documentary itself tells the story of JT’s efforts in April 2018 to rebuild the walls and roofs of six (6) homes of first responders (Fire Fighters, Police and Paramedics) and other local families in need, who sustained massive damage to their homes during Hurricanes Irma & Maria in September 2017. A team of volunteers from Greater New Brunswick, other parts of the US, and Puerto Rico, used their personal time and funds to participate in the rebuilding effort.

Said Rebuilding Project Director Captain William Borke III of the New Brunswick Fire Department during the rebuilding effort: “We were [just] visited by the mayor and the Director of Emergency Services here in Florida (PR), and they were very happy. They were speechless basically, and thanking us for being part of the relief efforts for Hurricane Maria, and helping [them] to come back and rebuild in the island, and caring and loving our people. And that’s what this is all about.”

Juntos Together funded the 2018 Puerto Rico Rebuilding Project, and other sustainability efforts in Puerto Rico, with every donation received. All donations are accepted in person or online at: https://prab.org/donate/ (select a Juntos Together option in the “Cause” dropdown).

About Juntos Together

Launched in October 2017, Juntos Together (JT) is a consortium of individuals and community organizations in Greater New Brunswick, New Jersey. Our aim is to strengthen the capacity of local grassroots organizations to rebuild and renew communities affected by natural disasters. Our priorities are to support: (1) first responders on the ground to enhance their response capacity; (2) local organizations that are focused on sustainability initiatives for environmental quality and local food resources, and (3) efforts to rebuild and create housing for local residents, and increase their ability to remain in their communities.

JT core team members include representatives from Learning to the Core, PRAB, the Professional Latino Firefighters of Central New Jersey, Middlesex County College New Brunswick Center, Raices Cultural Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the Sanctuary Church of North Brunswick, Silver Line by Andersen, and Latino Action Network (LAN). Other partnering groups are the Spanish American Law Enforcement Association (SALEA), National Coalition of Latino Officers (NCLO), Metro Emergency Response Team (MERT) in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Fire Department, and State Theatre New Jersey. PRAB is Juntos Together’s coordinating agency.

For more info on Juntos Together, visit us at https://prab.org/juntos-together.