Reverend Dr. Terry Troia
Reverend Dr. Terry Troia has held the position of Executive Director of Project Hospitality, an interfaith effort serving the hungry and homeless community of Staten Island since 1985. A Reformed Church in America minister, she is also the pastor of the New Utrecht Reformed Church in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.Reverend Troia volunteers as a member of several city and state wide boards including the NYC Commission on Economic Opportunity, the NYC Commission on AIDS, the NYC Temporary Commission on Day Laborer Job Sites, the NYC Committee to End Homelessness, the NYC Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth, NYC Inter-Agency Task Force on Youth Violence. She is also the co-chair of the NYS Department of Health, Statewide AIDS Service Delivery Consortium. Reverend Troia serves on the board of directors of El Centro del Inmigrante, a local day laborer organization and as the Chair of the Staten Island Family Health Care Coalition and the Staten Island Clergy Leadership, a network of local religious leaders committed to upholding the biblical charism of hospitality and justice. She holds the leadership position in the Port Richmond Improvement Association, New Brighton Coalition of Concerned Citizens and the Port Richmond Anti-Violence Task Force and the Staten Island Immigrant Council. Since Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of Staten Island in October of 2012, Reverend Troia has been at the forefront of the relief efforts. In immediate days following the storm Troia ensured that victims had the essentials – clothing for warmth, food to eat and shelter. She turned Project Hospitality’s mobile food truck into a commissary and began its journey into the disaster area to distribute cleaning and household supplies, blankets, pampers, toilet paper, food and water. A week later, Revered Terry Troia was at the helm when Project Hospitality was asked by the Borough President to manage the evacuation sites at Bayley Seton Hospital and Mt. Manresa. She is currently serving as President of The Staten Island Community and Interfaith Long Term Recovery Organization. Reverend Troia served as adjunct lecturer at the NYC College of Technology and is an ESL teacher. For fun, she teaches scripture and plays basketball with local youth in the New Brighton section of Staten Island as a volunteer of the Eye Openers Youth Against Violence Organization.