On the weekend of April 15-17, very able folks from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (who very generously donate their listening and training skills) will return to Hoosick Falls. This time, they will work with Hoosick Falls leaders and community members to develop a long-term recovery group and also to provide some resilience training and support, particularly to those in leadership positions. Both of these workshops will take place at the Hoosick Falls Central School. On Sunday, they will join First United Presbyterian for worship. Following the worship service, they will be available to community members who wish for additional spiritual and community support.

The Hoosick Falls community is wonderful, and people have been pulling together to reinforce how proud they are of their town. Many have volunteered to bring water to those who have difficulty getting to the grocery store to pick it up. PDA and congregations who have been reaching out help the community know they’re accompanied by others.

Here’s how you can help

First United Church will provide hospitality to Hoosick Falls workshop participants and could use some help. Since the gatherings will last about 3 hours each time, we plan to offer refreshments. If your congregation would be willing to help provide refreshments, please contact Joyce Brewer, tjbrewer4942@gmail.com or Donna Elia, delia001@nycap.rr.com. For those who live at a distance, perhaps we can make arrangements at the upcoming presbytery meeting.

Thank you for your continued prayers. May the joy of the Risen Christ be with us all!

You can read more at:
Water Crisis in Hoosick Falls, NY by Donna Elia

PDA’s National Response Team to Assist in Water Crisis: Meet the Team

About Rev. Donna Elia

Donna is Executive Director of TAUM, a mission partner of Albany Presbytery. Each year, several thousand people are served through TAUM Programs. You can reach Donna at delia001@nycap.rr.com or you can learn more about Troy Area United Ministries at https://taum.org.

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