The National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)
Our Mission & Vision
NDIN is a national network of disaster interfaith organizations working together to reduce disaster-caused human suffering through the exchange of information and cooperative support.
The National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) was founded in 2005 by a small group of executive directors and senior program staff from local, faith-based, long-term recovery organizations engaged in recent recovery efforts. Often called “disaster interfaiths,” dozens these organizations are located in local communities and states throughout the United States. In 2005, we began to meet regularly to mentor and provide peer support to our colleagues coordinating emerging local interfaith recovery efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Since the 1990s, with the short-term resources and support of National VOAD (Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster) agencies, disaster interfaiths have done exceptional work bringing together community groups and faith communities to coordinate local relief volunteers and long-term recovery leadership. Most importantly, we have worked together to offer hope in the aftermath of disaster. Disaster interfaiths achieve much despite limitations in disaster human services expertise, funding, and experience. Such challenges take their toll, however, and virtually all of disaster interfaith struggle to sustain essential funding and leadership beyond the early stages of recovery.
As a result of the impact of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on metro New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, followed by other best practices learned in subsequent Midwestern floods, California wildfires, the extreme 2003 and 2004 Florida Hurricane seasons, and the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina, a growing number of local and state disaster interfaiths have begun to commit to developing sustainable capacity for local advocacy, disaster chaplaincy, mitigation education, preparedness training, relief, and recovery coordination.
These disaster interfaiths often receive short-term support during active relief and recovery efforts for local and regional disasters. In the long-term, however, our colleagues report feelings of isolation and a need for peer support, guidance on identifying training, program best practices, and funding. We also have an emerging need for identifying technological tools and regular peer support for exploring administrative, fundraising, and governance challenges of leading interfaith disaster human service organizations.
To best address these common interests and needs of disaster interfaiths and their leadership, the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in December 2007.