Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)

PDA is PC(USA)'s disaster response and refugee program. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, the PDA works with partners around the globe to support those impacted by natural or human-caused disasters.


Our mission is to care for families and communities impacted by disasters, and to help them achieve long-term physical, psychological and spiritual recovery as a witness to the healing love of Christ.


PDA is funded by gifts to the church’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering and designated gifts. We annually respond to at least 20 U.S disasters and 30 international disasters. PDA does not receive any federal funds.

PDA is a member of ACT Alliance, Interaction and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD). We adhere to the International Red Cross Code of Conduct, and do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or political opinion; we do not seek to promote any particular religious or political viewpoints.

PDA works nationally through its local judicatories (presbyteries and synods). A specialized volunteer disaster team provides consultation and assistance as these regional offices design the local response and build relationships within their bounds. 

Internationally, PDA works through local partners, including Presbyterian and Reformed partner churches, ecumenical partners, and other faith-based or non-governmental indigenous organizations.