The House That “Rock” Will Build for Reyes Family

Posted on October 6, 2015 By

Greater Media radio station 95.9 The WRAT and Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity, Freehold, are working together to build a three-bedroom house on Center Street, Freehold, for the Reyes family in a special project, “The House That Rock Built.”

The family – the mom Elizabeth Reyes, age 46, a supervisor for MOCEANS, CIL, an agency that cares for physically and mentally disabled individuals; her son, age 18, who is a deaf mute with cerebral palsy and Tourette’s syndrome; and her daughter, age 15, who is a high school sophomore—need a home because the one they are living in is being sold. Currently, Mrs. Reyes and her daughter share a bedroom and the son sleeps on the couch in a living room that does not have a door.

Doug Sjonvall, marketing director for the WRAT, says, “Everyone counts here on the Jersey Shore and the difference that Habitat for Humanity makes is gigantic. The family who receives this incredible gift will earn it. They’ll be banging nails right alongside us and they’re specially picked because of their work ethic and dedication to the project. This isn’t a handout… but a way for a family to get a leg up on a better, more stable life on the Jersey Shore.”

The project will begin with an opening ceremony on Thursday, October 8 at 9:00 a.m. in the Monmouth Mall parking lot, Eatontown, near Joe’s Crab Shack.

The public is invited to help build a home for the Reyes family by becoming a volunteer for $50.00. The money for volunteering helps provide the materials, such as drywall, nails, and other supplies. Although experienced people and professionals are needed to help with the construction, no experience is required! Visit to sign up to be a volunteer.

Volunteers can join several WRAT radio personalities to help build a home for the Reyes family. Sign up to volunteer to build with your favorite personality, beginning Thursday, October 8 through Saturday, October 10. On Thursday, October 8, work with Jim Steal and Carl Craft 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and Steve Hook from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. On Friday, October 9 work with Carl Craft, from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Gotts from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 10 join Dave McDonald on from 9:00 a.m. to noon; and Carl Craft from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. WRAT’s Rockyn Robyn Lane will be broadcasting live all three days from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., reporting on the progress of “The House That Rock Built.”

If you are unable to help with construction, you can sponsor a volunteer or donate the money to help cover the cost of supplies. Go to to make a donation.

To become a corporate sponsor of the event and advertise the name of your business, call Kristine Novakowski at 732-681-9591, Ext. 223. Some of the current sponsors are Kearny Bank, Mini of Monmouth, First Atlantic, Wells Fargo, Home Point Financial, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling and Heating, Seaview Orthopaedic, Kitchens Baths and Floors by KRFC, DCH Freehold Nissan, Surf Taco, ABCO HVACR Supply and Solutions, All Star Fence, Preferred Party Rental. Architect is Lawrence F. Slawson, AIA, 122 Robertsville Road, Freehold, N.J., donated the plans for the Reyes house.

For more information contact Doug Sjonvall, marketing director Greater Media New Jersey, WRAT/WJRZ, 732-681-3800 Ext. 306 or visit

WRAT-FM is a radio station of Greater Media, Inc. Greater Media, Inc. is the parent company of twenty-one AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, Charlotte, New Jersey, and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers, located throughout the United States.