The Restore YANA Project

The YANA rebuild process will be a living example of sustainable and ethical design.

story of YANA

The Story of YANA

A week before the arrival of superstorm Sandy, YANA, a worker training facility in the neighborhood of Rockaway Park, opened its doors with the mission of bringing jobs, education and environmentally sustainable practices to a region already hurting from economic marginalization. Immediately after the neighborhood was devastated by flooding and fire, YANA reopened its doors with the support of OccupySandy volunteers and solar power provided by Greenpeace, and became a hub of community recovery, mutual aid and solidarity. YANA, which stands for You Are Never Alone, has fulfilled its intended purpose of building community through its storm relief efforts, distributing donations, serving hot meals, providing free medical care and dispatching volunteers throughout the Rockaways.

Now it’s time to help YANA get back on its feet to ensure that they are able to continue doing this important work, in the much-needed Rockaways community. The YANA community center is a recovery hub of the Relief network on Beach 113th in the Rockaways. Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources & volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street,, and

The Story of the Pilot Sustainable Rebuild

The YANA rebuild process will be a living example of sustainable and ethical design. A team of permaculture design solutionists, along with organizers of Occupy Sandy, will work with community members, and volunteers. Highlights of what to expect include: the use of both passive and active solar energy, a green roof which will produce food, a water catchment system and the use of re-purposed building material. Underway currently is Rebuild Stage #1, Bio-Remediation and Floor Installation. The next stages in construction will require resources including administrative, design and construction needs. The Restore YANA Project is interested in collecting funding for administrative needs, to compensate designers and engineers, and to provide funding to bring groups of permaculture and design students to participate in the rebuild. Education partners include the Center for BioRegional Living ( and YesterMorrow (

This rebuild is a coalition project presented by YANA Services, Permatecture Design,,, and This project has been endorsed by Naomi Klein and Bill McKibbin.

Permatecture Design ( is a coalition of permaculture designers, environmental engineers, architects and green builders that coalesced to provide sustainable rebuilding alternatives to the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Services include passive and active solar energy, green roofs which will produce food, water catchment systems, the use of re-purposed building material and bio-remediation. Permatecture Design, is a design coalition presented by YANA Services,,, and

Together we can rebuild.

The task of rebuilding communities is a marathon and not a sprint.

Help needed

  • In Kind Donations
  • Funds Donations
  • Volunteers


This rebuild is a coalition project presented by YANA Services, Permatecture Design,,, and


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2 comments on “The Restore YANA Project

  1. hi my name is boris i live and work in nj my day off is tuesday over the last few months i have often come up to brooklyn to help out with some occupy sandy efforts i just found you guys on the website and was wondering if you were still looking for volunteers i will try to reach you with my regular email as well

  2. We’re also a number of volunteers and also cracking open a fresh program inside our neighborhood. Your web site provided us helpful facts to work in. You’ve performed any challenging activity and also our own entire online community can be thankful for you.

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