Program Areas

Advocacy

NYDIS works to ensure that the concerns of faith communities and the needs of present and future disaster survivors are addressed on a governmental and legislative level.

Communications

Communication plays a central role during all parts of the disaster lifecycle. Providing timely and relevant information before, during, and after a disaster can help to save and enhance the lives within an affected community.

Planning

Through faith-based, community, and government partnerships, NYDIS and its members provide preparedness planning, facilitate service coordination, and equip faith communities and their leaders for readiness, response, and recovery.

Recovery

NYDIS and its members work to increase community resilience and promote the development and coordination of effective recovery programs.

Response

NYDIS employs our connections, knowledge, and resources in faith communities and emergency management agencies to alleviate human suffering during disasters

Stories

October 12, 2022

From May 2020 to June 2021, a public–private partnership among H + H, philanthropic foundations, and a nonprofit organization provided one-time, unconditional transfers of $1000 to approximately 5000 low income New Yorkers diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 and experiencing financial hardship. A nonprofit partner, NY Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS), was chosen to administer the program given their expertise and capacity to issue cash transfers. NYDIS offered several ways for eligible individuals to receive the cash transfers, including a mailed debit card, secure bank transfer, PayPal transfers, and ATM withdrawals; these options were selected to meet the needs of recipients with various levels of financial literacy and access to banking.

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September 1, 2021

An opportunity to reflect on the impacts of September 11th, 2001 with a streaming of the official Reading of the Names from the World Trade Center Memorial at Ground Zero. Support offered by chaplains and emotional and spiritual care providers. Opportunity to participate in health and wellness activities and artistic and creative outlets guided by art therapists.

This event will follow all CDC recommendations and guidelines set forth by New York State and New York City. Proof of vaccination will be required for entry. Physical vaccine cards, the NY COVID Safe app, and the Excelsior Pass app will all be accepted with matching photo ID.

The event will take place on September 11th from 8AM-1PM at The Salvation Army. Victim families, responders, volunteers, impacted residents and other providers and supporters are all welcome.

Location: Centennial Memorial Temple, 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY

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Peter B. Gudaitis

October 27, 2020

New York, October 27, 2020: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented hurricane and wildfire seasons, a new app will help first responders, disaster response professionals and voluntary organizations better serve America’s diverse religious communities and build partnerships with religious leaders.

The Disasters & Religions App presents easily accessible religious literacy and competency information on 27 unique religions, from Baha’i to Zoroastrianism, including 12 Christian denominations.

“Three quarters of U.S. residents are people of faith. Yet, as a country, we often struggle to understand the unique religious beliefs, practices and day-to-day needs of each person,” said Peter B. Gudaitis, M.Div., Executive Director & CEO of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and President of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN). “In times of crisis, this app will equip responders with resources to feed, shelter, counsel, bury or provide emotional and spiritual care to the diversity of people of faith, among many other unmet needs, during disasters and public health emergencies that face our country.”

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NYDIS in the News

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves New York Disaster Declaration | The White House
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