Events and News



Thrive Collective Celebrates Students, Artists, and Supporters on June 17, 2016

Thrive_IMG_2471_250On Friday, June 17, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, PHIA’s partner agency, Thrive Collective, is hosting a celebration of its students, artists, and community supporters at the UFT, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004. The evening will include a cocktail reception (including two drink tickets for a choice of beer or wine) and an array of delicious hot and cold appetizers; interactive experiences; and feature an Exhibit Gallery of student and artist work. To purchase tickets, follow this link or click the image at left.




Mural Painting in Far Rockaway

May2016_FlierPlease join PHIA and PNYC [Presbytery of New York City] Youth Committee at two very special events focusing on gun violence in May 2016.

First, on Saturday, May 14th, from 9AM to 5PM, come join in for a Thrive Collective mural painting, designed by Youth at PS/MS42Q, 488 Beach 66th, in Queens.

Then on Saturday, May 28th, beginning at 7PM, attend the screening of a powerful documentary, Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, at the Astoria Presbyterian Church, 23-35 Broadway in Astoria.

Click HERE to download/print a flier and for more information about either of these events, please contact Lydia Tembo at or PHIA at


NYDIS Honors Presbyterian Partners

2016-NYDIS-MeetingOn January 14, 2016 Presbyterian Hope in Action, the Presbytery of New York City, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance received “Partner of the Year” awards at the New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) Annual Meeting.

Thank you to NYDIS for this special recognition and for hosting a wonderful event that brings diverse faith communities, nongovernmental, and governmental partners together.

Give an Advent Gift: Volunteer December 12th!


Volunteering, which is very much in keeping with the messages of Advent and Christmas, uplifts the spirit of the season, especially for children and parents who volunteer together.

Please join us on December 12, 2015 for our Sandy Youth Mission Day. Click HERE to print a copy of the flyer shown at left. You may also email Linda Tembo [] or contact PHIA at (212) 247-0490 ext. 3002 or for more information or to register your group.







NYU: Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Toll on Hurricane Survivors

Recently published highlights of research on PTSD in Superstorm Sandy–impacted communities in New Jersey:

“Recovery, or stalled recovery, is not as dramatic as the storm and the initial response,”noted Dr. David Abramson, the study’s principal investigator. “But it is what exacts the greatest toll both financially and psychologically. Sandy may have occurred nearly three years ago, but it has had an enduring impact on those individuals and communities exposed to it,” he said.


NYDIS Superstorm Sandy Recovery Guide and Resources

Click the link above to access the New York Disaster Interfaith Services Superstorm Sandy Resource Guide.


Rolling Stone Article: “Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: 10 Places that Are Still Suffering”

Click the link above to read a heartfelt survey of 10 neighborhoods that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and are still struggling to recover.


Stories of People Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Click the link above to visit the Sandy Storyline website. Sandy Storyline helps us all understand the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and the human toil of prolonged rebuild and recovery efforts.


Superstorm Sandy Recovery and Affordable Housing Crisis in NYC

Click the link above to access  the NYU Furman Center for reports and analysis related to New York’s affordable housing crisis, challenges in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, and urban planning challenges in the midst of climate change.


Challenges in Distribution of Aid

Click the link above to access “A Tale of Two Sandys,” a December 2013 White Papers by the Superstorm Research Lab (SLR).

There have been two different ways of understanding and responding to the crisis of Hurricane Sandy. One tends to see Sandy-related crises as problems following directly from the storm conditions and to approach response efforts as means to restore the pre-storm status quo. The second sees Sandy as exacerbating a chronic crisis characterized by poverty, low and precarious employment, and a lack of access to resources such as transportation, healthcare, and education. We call this the Two Sandy phenomenon.