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HRBT Funding Helps Support the Church Roof

October 10, 2017

(Hudson NY)

As the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson begin research and grant writing in earnest to fund permanent repairs to the church roof, the Hudson River Bank and Trust Foundation has stepped in to lend a hand by providing part of the funds needed for more immediate, temporary stabilization. The Foundation has announced a $10,000 award, available immediately, to help pay for temporary flooring above the sanctuary ceiling as well as stabilizing beams prior to more permanent repairs.

“The Church is a landmark in Hudson,” said HRBT representative Tony Jones. “But, more than just a physical building, the Church contributes through their outreach.  That covers two of our support criteria: Historic Preservation and Community Development.”  Prior to the temporary closing in November,the Presbyterian Church hosted or was in relationship with Narcotics Anonymous,Alcoholics Anonymous, Re-Entry Taskforce of Columbia County, and Greater Promise Neighborhood among others.  

Completion of the temporary stabilization is expected in mid-November.“Hopefully, it will be in time for us to open our doors for our annual community Thanksgiving Dinner,” added Reverend Kathryn Beilke.  “We appreciate our temporary sanctuary across the street at Camphill Solaris (360 Warren Street, Hudson), but it will be good to get back to the Church.  We are grateful to contributions from the Presbytery of Albany, individual donors and HRBT for helping move us towards that goal.”

The Church is actively seeking the funds to cover the substantial costs necessary to replace the entire main roof of this historic building – erected in 1837.For those interested in donating to help with this major restoration – expected to take more than 18 months, go to

PHOTO CAPTION: The Hudson River Bank Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Friends of the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson.   Shown here from left: Church project coordinator  John Grover,  Phil Forman, head of the Friends, and representing HRBT, Tony Jones.  The funding will be used to help pay for stabilization and reinforcement of existing roof trusses – found to have been compromised after 200 years of continuous load bearing.   This work is being done in advance of more extensive construction that will permanently repair the roof

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