What?!!! Fire Destroys Headquarters of Hometown Heroes — Again
They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization whose mission is to help others – to pay it forward. Now Hometown Heroes needs your help. On May 31, 2016, the headquarters of Hometown Heroes, 236 Washington Street, Toms River, N.J., burned – again! Fire crews are now demolishing what is left of the structure before it collapses.
This is the second time the Hometown Heroes offices have burned down in the last two years. In May 2014 the Hometown Heroes headquarters suffered a similar fire and lost all its contents. Recovery was well on its way at their new offices in Toms River when disaster struck again.
Hometown Heroes, established in 2008, has served more than 10,000 people and 2,500 families with issues, such as homelessness, food, domestic violence, drug abuse, disability, illness, assistance for new mothers who have nowhere to turn, Hurricane Sandy; and, ironically fire and loss.
Michael Schwartz, founder and president of Hometown Heroes, said, “We are very proud of the work we have accomplished for more than seven years, and we plan to continue servicing the community once we are back on our feet. We are saddened and in shock about the loss of our building. We still have not recovered fully from the loss we suffered two years ago.
“The communities we serve were an instrumental help in getting us back on our feet in 2014. I can only hope we will see the same generosity come forward as we can use all the help we can get at this time.”
To make a donation, visit USAHomeTownHeroes.org or send a check to Hometown Heroes, 236 Washington Street, Toms River, N.J., 08753. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact Mike Schwartz at 732-567-4236.