Disaster Response

Hurricane Response

How You Can Help

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic event.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is the emergency and refugee program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The core budget, including staff and administrative costs, is funded through the One Great Hour of Sharing, and its program work is additionally funded through designated gifts.

PDA has pages set up for information and relief donations for Hurricane FlorenceHurricane MichaelSuper Typhoon Mangkhut and the fires in California. You may also consider giving to the general US hurricane response fund or the Atlantic Regional Hurricane response fund (both U.S. and international hurricane response), and funds will go where they are most needed.

In addition to hurricane response, PDA is also responding to the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami. As we know, disasters often overlap, and with our support, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is able to respond to all of these disasters at the same time. We are all essential to this work.

Connecting With Communities

Florida: Misión Peniel

Misión Peniel began as a pastoral ministry of charity and service, providing food, clothing, fellowship and emergency supports to farmworkers in Immokalee, Florida in September 2006. Beginning in 2013 Misión Peniel became a ministry of Peace River Presbytery while continuing to be a vehicle for people of faith to respond to a call for compassionate service to complement the focus on social justice provided so aptly through the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

The Immokalee community is particularly vulnerable at any time because of the instability of the work they rely on. A disaster like Hurricane Irma drastically increases this vulnerability and instability.

Through a personal contact (Shodie’s uncle), we have been put in touch with Misión Peniel. BPC has already made a donation to them. If you would like to help, please visit the Misión Peniel site to donate and find updates. As always, financial gifts are best, and will go to support the purchase of items on this needs list. (If you would like to donate items on the list, please contact Misión Peniel directly to make sure the need has not already been fulfilled.)

Puerto Rico: News and Updates on How to Help from the Synod of the Northeast

In response to the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, last year the Synod of the Northeast set aside $65,300 in initial funding to support long-term recovery, and established a task force to coordinate partnership efforts. The work in Puerto Rico continues. To see a full summary of the recommendations and appointed task force, and ways to get updates, please see the Synod of the Northeast website.