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Hurricane Sandy Relief

The Rev. Donald B. Wahlig - April 29, 2013

MAPC and other NYC Presbyerian Churches form PHIA (Presbyterian Hope in Action) to Coordinate Sandy Relief

In the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy, as the extent of the storm damage became clear, Presbyterian pastors from First PC, Fifth Avenue PC, Brick PC and Madison Avenue PC began meeting to discuss a long-term, Presbytery-wide response to assist those affected by the storm. It soon became clear that the relief effort will go on for at least 5-7 years, and only a coordinated response could address the complicated logistics of doing this relief work here in New York City.

As a result, these pastors reached out to other congregations in all five boroughs to form Presbyterian Hope in Action. The Board of Directors of PHIA, chaired by Don Wahlig with participation of pastors from 10 other churches from New York City Presbytery, recently hired Lisette Robustelli as PHIA's first Executive Director. The director will schedule and coordinate work teams from across the nation and beyond, matching them with housing and work sites, and providing leadership, orientation and other necessary support as these teams of volunteers work to share Christ's love in concrete ways to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy restore their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.  More information is available at the PHIA website - www.phianyc.org or by contacting Executive Director Lisette Robustelli directly at (917) 282-6413.

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