Presbyterians form an important network, providing spiritual, physical, and psychological care to those most in need. Members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) support congregations and presbyteries before, during, and after disasters strike. This team of experienced volunteers, skilled in pastoral care, organization, and volunteer management, enables the PDA to respond quickly to multiple crisis situations. The PDA coordinates opportunities for PCPC volunteer teams to offer hands-on help in the form of clean up, surveys of the community, and repair work as well as financial donations and donations of food and supplies. PDA’s motto is, essentially, “We may not be the first ones in, but we’ll be the last to leave.” They make sure help remains until the work is done.
Although the term “disasters” sounds like catastrophic events, PDA comes alongside congregations and individuals, assisting churches that face trauma of various sizes and consequences. Our church’s support of PDA means that the church that loses its building in a fire or the congregation that is trying to cope with the sudden death of a pastor or other particularized event will find help as well. To find out more about PDA look here.