Disaster Response Ministries


NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

Tom Vencuss

October 30, 2017

NYC Evacuee Service Center update The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at  the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan. There are...


NYC Center Opening for Those Displaced by Recent Hurricanes

Tom Vencuss

October 19, 2017

Friends,   Please find the attached announcement from the New York City Mayor’s Office and pass it on to your respective constituencies and communities.   The NYAC will be working with NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) as part of this effort seeking to assist with short-term housing, emotional and spiritual care for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes displaced individuals and families from Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other ...


UMCOR Grants Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts

October 18, 2017

The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects. UMCOR already had received some $15 million from donors in recent months to respond to U.S. disasters. ...


NYAC Recovery Update - ERT Teams forming for Texas and Florida

Tom Vencuss

October 05, 2017

  A volunteer guts drywall from a flooded home. ERT and VIM Teams Needed for Hurricane Response Florida  The Florida Annual Conference needs teams right away.  All volunteers will be accepted, regardless of ERT training.  Individuals and teams are encouraged to register and should expect to be deployed in the southern part of the state. Texas The Texas Annual Conference (Houston and north Gulf Coast) is very much in need of volunteer help.  In the last few weeks, teams have mucked...


Update on Disaster Areas

Tom Vencuss

October 05, 2017

Texas and Florida  Texas and Florida are requesting ERTeams. The New York Conference has deployed its first Early Response Team to Rockport, Texas. A second team is being developed for December 2 to 9. We are looking for team leaders for both Texas and Florida. For information or to apply please contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com).    Puerto Rico and the Caribbean islands At this point much of this area is still in an emergency phase and inappropriate for volunteer teams and response. Bishop...


Bishop Calls for Hurricane Maria Response

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

September 29, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Just a few days ago as Hurricane Maria was bearing down on the islands of the Caribbean, I reached out to you offering prayers on behalf of those who stood in its path and those with families and connections in the affected areas to stay strong, keep the faith, know that you are thought of, prayed for, and loved. As we have now witnessed the destruction and loss of life in Mexico as a result of the earthquake and the destruction of both Irma and Maria and face the ...


UMCOR Responds to Earthquakes in Mexico

Tom Vencuss

September 22, 2017

UMCOR is in communication with its partners in the impacted region, including the local Methodist Church, and is ready to support with relief efforts. Please pray for those surviving the earthquakes and for emergency responders. 


UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria

Tom Vencuss

September 22, 2017

With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history." Officials from Puerto Rico’s power companies say that Puerto Ricans might not get power back for four to six months, however, hospitals and water systems will get priority power restoration. Powered by emergency generators, the island...


UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria

Tom Vencuss

September 21, 2017

UMCOR has reached out to partners on the island of Dominica who have previously attended UMCOR trainings. We have requested they send a situational report and their plans for responding to the effects of hurricane Maria on the island.


Bishop's Message of Hope and Comfort to Those Affected by Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

September 20, 2017

Dear Friends and Colleagues, My heart is heavy this morning as I write this note to you.  The past two days I have watched the morning news and been stunned by the developing story of yet another massive hurricane bearing down on Puerto Rico and the numerous Caribbean islands in that region.  My own sense of fear has been heightened as buildings have collapsed and lives have been altered forever as a result of another massive earthquake in Mexico.  These are places that you call home. These are...


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