Rebuilding Lives

Mural Painting in Far Rockaway

Mural_Painting_TriptychPHIA Volunteers had a fantastic day painting the base coat for the mural against gun violence at PS 42 in Far Rockaway on May 14, 2016. The mural will be completed by June 18th, which is the day of a public viewing/opening. Click HERE to view more pictures which captured the spirit of the day.


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

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

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

For more information about participating in either of these events, please contact Lydia Tembo at or PHIAy at



Resilience Murals

In partnership with Thrive Collective, Presbyterian Hope in Action is hoping to support creation of community resilience murals in schools where children and youth were uprooted by Superstorm Sandy. As a ministry partner, 20/20 Visions for Schools brings experience in working with children and youth to create murals that last and that lift the spirit of communities that have survived the storm.

Is your church interested in sponsoring a mural? Does your congregation have artists, musicians, and members who would enjoy volunteering in a resilience mural or other resilience projects? Contact:

          Presbyterian Hope in Action
          Phone: 212-247-0490 ext. 3002 or

PHIA and 20/20 Visions for Schools are currently looking for resilience mural partners in New Dorp (Staten Island), Canarsie (Brooklyn), and Far Rockaway (Queens).

Is your school interested in the mural project? Contact:

          Jeremy Del Rio, Executive Director
          School Murals by Thrive NYC
          Phone: 347-921-4426

Mural Shows Resiliency Of Brooklyn Schoolkids
Thrive Collective

As reported on NY1, nearly 250 Brooklyn school children designed and unveiled a mural at P.S. 329 in Coney Island that attests to their community’s resiliency after Hurricane Sandy. Here is the link to the Roots of Resilience documentary. Click here to visit the Resilience mural portfolio page.

New Dorp High School Resilience Mural
Thrive Collective