Rein Kukk

My Story – “Times were Hard”…by Rein Kukk

Rein Kukk

Rein Kukk taking time to share his story of not being kept down despite many obstacles.


 I’m Rein and I came to Allies in May 2000.

I originally lived in Jackson, N.J. All my life, the reason I wanted to live on my own was that I wanted to be independent, to have a job and live my own life.

I moved to Waterside Gardens Apartments in Brick, N.J., and held a job and later on that didn’t work out. In October 2000 I was immediately moved into Kells Group Home. It was not easy. What I learned was to get a cell phone…Click to read more of Rein’s story


Rein Kukk

Rein in the middle accepts award from Elise Tretola, left, Allies President and CEO and Don Tretola, right, Allies Senior Vice President Public Affairs and Program Development

Rein Kukk selected as one of Allies’ STAR AWARD recipient!

The third annual Star Awards recognition event took place at the Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey last July. Allies and Opportunity Knocks partner annually to honor individuals served by both organizations who demonstrated achievement, courage and determination in striving, reaching and realizing their dreams.
REIN was among six selected to receive this honor and had this to say…“I was very happy and shocked to receive the award… I was happy because all the hard work I put in over the past 10 to 12 years paid off. I’m just very thankful for getting this award.”

To read more about Rein and the other Star Award recipients click here and look at pages 10 and 11 in Allies Keeping in Touch newsletter Winter 2014 2015