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Happy New Year! From the Board & Staff of NYDIS
We Have Moved: Update Your Records!
 
After five years in our lower Manhattan offices overlooking the NYC Harbor and the World Trade Center site, NYDIS has moved to midtown Manhattan and is now sharing office space with the United Sikhs and the National Disaster Interfaiths Network. Please update your outlook contacts or email information accordingly:
 
New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS)
4 West 43rd Street - Suite 604
New York, NY 10036


Office: 212.669.6100
   FAX: 347.284.0054
What’s Happening at NYDIS in 2009
Following several years of tremendous growth resulting from the generosity of many grantors and individual donors in support of our numerous readiness, response and recovery initiatives, NYDIS operations have changed dramatically.  As most 9/11-related funders have closed their programs, and as the recession has taken hold, the NYDIS board of directors has acted accordingly.  Recently, the board took steps to close all full-time operations by the end of November, reducing staff to a small group of consultants and part-time employees to manage operations and essential programs. However, while most current operations are in “hibernation mode,” NYDIS’s member organizations and board of directors have committed to sustaining our capacity to reactivate our operations and coordinate our membership in times of crisis, as well as sustaining the ongoing program of the NYC 9/11 Unmet Needs Roundtable.                                             
  • NYDIS launched our new website in November – check it out at www.nydis.org

  • All NYDIS training curricula are now being provided by the National Disaster Interfaiths Network:
    • Included are:
      • Disaster Chaplain Training
      • Disaster Chaplaincy Training for Trainer Training Certification
      • Disaster Spiritual Care Worker Training
      • Disaster Tip Sheets Orientation
      • Emergency Rest Center Training (for Houses of Worship)
      • House of Worship Preparedness Training
      • Ready New York Training
      • STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience) Seminars

    For more information contact:
    Ruth Yoder Wenger at 212-669-6100 or rwenger@nydis.org

  • NYDIS elected a new Board of Directors at the December 15th annual meeting:
    • President: The Rev. Dr. Charles “Chick” Straut, Jr.
    • Vice President: Ruth Yoder Wenger
    • Secretary: Elder Betty C. Jones
    • Treasurer: Brother Altaj Ilyas
    • Peter B. Gudaitis

    On December 15, 2009 the NYDIS Board amended our By-Laws, our 28 member faith communities and denominations will no longer directly serve on the NYDIS Board, but the members with continue to attend 6 annual membership meetings and annually elect a six member Board of Directors, listed above.

  • The next issue of NYDISnet will be out on January 12

  • Consulting & IT Services are also available on a fee for service basis via NYDIS’s parternship with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network, including;
    • Database Development
    • Disaster Preparedness & Recovery
    • Grantwriting & Strategic Planning for Interfaith/Disaster Human Services
    • Non-Profit Program Development
    • Interfaith Partnerships Consulting
    • Website Design and Development

    For more information contact:
    Peter B. Gudaitis at 212-669-6100 or pgudaitis@nydis.org


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