Mission Ministries


Upcoming Recovery Team to Puerto Rico has openings

Tom Vencuss

May 03, 2018

Upcoming Recovery Team to Puerto Rico has openings June 16 to 23 A team from the NYAC just returned from Puerto Rico. We worked on a home in Tao Baja, a community west of San Juan. The small home sits on 4-foot piers and took 5 feet of water! By the time we arrived initial ERT-type work had already been done. All walls had been stripped, almost all home furnishings and appliances had been moved to the street, several feet of mud from under the home had been taken out, and the home had been ...


News from the Disaster Response Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

April 17, 2018

Last minute openings for April Recovery Trip to Puerto Rico Friends, we have had several cancellations for next weeks’ trip to Puerto Rico so there is availability for new team members. We leave Monday, the 23 and return Monday, the 30. The cost is $650. If you are interested please let me know as soon as possible so that we can work out the required paperwork. We can worry about the funding at a later date. Please contact Tom Vencuss at tvencuss@nyac.com. June 16 to 23 Puerto Rico Recovery Team...


Equipping Communities for Mission

Tom Vencuss

April 03, 2018

Out of sight… In today’s 24-hour news cycle, some things seem to come and go quickly; others seem to linger forever. Unfortunately, disasters often fall into the first category – except for the survivors.  The storms of this past summer and fall resulted in more than 2 million applications to FEMA for disaster assistance; and that number is only those who applied. The volunteer faith-based community is essential to any recovery effort. Please see below the NYAC response effort and the many ...


Equipping Communities for Mission - the NYAC Responds

Tom Vencuss

February 15, 2018

Disaster Response Updates This past month the NYAC deployed its first Early Response Team to Florida and its second to Texas in support of hurricanes Irma and Harvey recovery efforts. A first team is scheduled for Puerto Rico at the end of February. Teams are also being formed for April 23 to 30, and June 18 to 25. Click here for volunteer guidelines and application.   We are still in need of teams to serve in Texas and Florida as part of their recovery effort. This month, the NYAC Disaster ...


Disaster Response Opportunities

Tom Vencuss

January 10, 2018

Response Teams Forming for Puerto Rico  The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR), in partnership with UMCOR and UMVIM, has announced that it is now receiving applications for both Early Response and Rebuild/Construction (UMVIM) teams. All team requests are being handled through Conference Disaster Response Coordinators. Please click on the following link for more information. If you are interested in leading an ERT or UMVIM team please contact Tom Vencuss (tvencuss@nyac.com). Early Response...


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...


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