Former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are coming to Monmouth County's most Sandy-ravaged community Saturday for their 30th annual Work Project with Habitat for Humanity.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity)

Union Beach was added to the Carter's national tour last minute because of the destruction it suffered.

"We've identified 16 low-income families that we are assisting as part of the project. 14 will be rehab projects and two are new builds," said Ray Gabler, director of Operations for Habitat for Humanity.

The three-day event kicked off Thursday and will culminate with the Carter's visit Saturday. Gabler said the couple's appearance will give Habitat's efforts a big boost, but added it won't stop after they leave. He said to date, Habitat has helped 50 families and is committed to helping 100 during the next 12 months.

Across the U.S., an estimated 3,000 volunteers will join the Carters to help build, repair or renovate more than 80 homes in five locations: New York City, Oakland and San Jose, California, and Denver, Colorado.

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