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Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States.  

While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.

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Quilted Wall Hangings

Since November 2004, MDS house dedications include the gift of a quilted wall hanging to the new homeowners. The wall hangings are made and donated through the Mennonite Church USA Mennonite Women's group. If you are a quilter and would like more information on this program, e-mail MDS at communications(at)




Ms. Louise gives Bert and Charlie a "thank you" hug. Volunteers in Bastrop, TX, rebuilt Ms. Louise's home.


New homeowner, Mr. Shane, and MDS volunteer Don share a memory at the house dedication service in Pateros, Washington.

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Larry Stoner talks with Josh and Ruth Plumley about repairing their bridge.

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MDS volunteers continue to clean up and rebuild in South Carolina after the October floods.

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A volunteer found family memorabilia that was nearly lost in the flood and returned it to the homeowner.

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Celebrating a homecoming.
Presenting Mr. Jim with a comforter at his home dedication service.

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MDS volunteers continue to clean up and rebuild in South Carolina after the October floods.

Coming home for Christmas

Being home for Christmas involves travel plans for many, but for families displaced by disaster, it is a much longer journey. MDS volunteers are working hard so they can help families with their rebuilding journey, so they are home in time for Christmas.

Volunteers working in Bastrop, Texas, are working to restore homes that were damaged by floods. The Office Manager reports, “This past week saw many things drawing to a close at Ms. Andrea’s house and we can now look at setting a date for the House Blessing service before we take our Christmas break. (The) house is starting to look really very good and she and her mother can hardly contain their excitement at the prospect of returning to their home with their family.”

At the MDS project in Pateros, Washington, volunteers work hard to bring families home after wild fires destroyed their homes. Marj Weber, Office Manager in Pateros reported, “Mr. Wayne’s house was completed and looks just lovely. Thank you to Ryan and Don who did all the little detail work and tidying up to prepare it for Wayne. We had a dedication at his home on Friday.”

In Pilger, Nebraska, families have been without their homes since twin tornados destroyed most of the town in 2014. The reports now from Pilger expect the last home that MDS will build to be done by mid-December – just in time for the owners to be home for Christmas.


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MDS featured on NBC Nightly News! MDS was featured on the NBC Nightly News on March 29, 2011. To see the story that features our Diamond, La. project, click on the link below:                                                                      


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MDS volunteers are known for repairing and rebuilding homes damaged by disasters. But it takes more than construction skills to serve with MDS. During the time that you serve as a volunteer, you will learn that MDS also restores lives.


Your contribution will help to connect volunteers with disaster survivors who need assistance on their path to recovery. MDS depends on the support of people who believe that disaster response is an important part of helping those who are in need.


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Mennonite Disaster Service project locations are the physical response centers established by MDS in a disaster-affected community. In addition to housing the local MDS office, the projects function as base camps for MDS volunteers who need a place to eat and sleep while they serve. This section of the MDS website contains updated information about current MDS projects.

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