Donna Grischbowsky watched the sunset over the cove by the bay earlier this week and was still having a hard time processing everything that happened In her Cherry Quay neighborhood last year.
"You look at a sunset like that and you think 'How can all that beauty cause all that destruction," Grischbowsky said at the Visitation Relief Center on Mantoloking Road this morning.
She has been one of the hundreds of people who have used the services at the Relief Center in the past year since Sandy.
Grischbowsky came this morning to an open house at the center, where New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced a $430,000 grant to, in her words, keep the center "here to stay."
The grant came as welcome news to people like Grischbowsky, who said the center has been a help to her this year.
Outside the center this morning, several of the center's partners set up tables to shiw residents they can continue to come to the center and to showcase all the partnerships that have been formed in the past year.
Representatives from EcoWarriors, Save Barnegat Bay, the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and Horizon among others were on display.
One of the centers workers, Radiance Shepard, said that the idea of holding the open house today on the anniversary of Sandy was a way to commemorate the day as well as continue to show that the center offers continued support for the community.