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 just for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and Maria information and relief donations. 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 earthquakes in Mexico. 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

Houston Food Bank

With our work and partnership in the Interfaith Food Pantry of Mt. Kisco, you know the important work done by food banks and pantries throughout the United States. Food banks are essential to meet the food scarcity and hunger needs of communities year-round, but they also are key partners in disaster response. Food banks are the front lines to provide food to shelters and other displaced survivors of disasters.

The Houston Food Bank does incredible work at all times, and has been constant and steady in meeting the needs of Houston’s flood survivors. In order to support them in this work, we encourage you to donate. Their website lists the best ways to do so.

Houston: Pines Presbyterian Church

A close friend of David and Linda Burpee and a Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center alumni lives in Houston and is a member of the Pines Presbyterian Church. 29 of their members have been displace and may have lost homes, cars and possessions.
The church is working to find housing and transportation and provide for the immediate basic needs of these families. They are also opening their church as a hosting site for volunteer housing as it is needed.
As you can imagine, the need is tremendous. If you would like to support the work of Pines Presbyterian Church, you can send your check (and encouraging notes!) to:
Pines Presbyterian Church
12751 Kimberly Lane
Houston, TX 77024
Indicate on your check it is for Hurricane Relief Effort

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 its opening conversation on October 6, the Commission video-conferenced with the Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, Stated Clerk of the Presbiterio de San Juan, about current conditions in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, and began discussing ways Northeast presbyterians might partner in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. At the recommendation of the Mission Working Group, the Commission set aside $65,300 in initial funding to support long-term recovery, and established a task force to coordinate partnership efforts. This task force hopes to collaborate with interested presbyteries and congregations for maximum effectiveness in shared partnership with our Puerto Rican siblings. See a fuller summary of the situation in Puerto Rico and ways to get involved.