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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)




Participants in the Silver 25 Cycle Ride raised approximately $8,000 for the MDS storm shelter project.


Ruby Ancar on the deck of her Grand Bayou home. MDS volunteers rebuilt her home after Hurricane Katrina.


Former Project Coordinators, Jerry and Doreen Klassen stand with Rev. Joan and Rev. Ronald Crockett on the steps of the building that housed MDS volunteers in New Orleans.

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The Silver 25 Cycle ride team in Steam Boat Springs.

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The Silver 25 Cycle Ride riders are ready to begin on Sep. 4 in Granby, CO.

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MDS volunteers debark trees at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.

MDS and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp Joint Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are urgently needed at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp (RMMC) any time from Oct. 2 through Oct. 10. Mennonite Disaster Service and Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp are collaborating in a disaster mitigation project to stop the spread of the spruce beetle to other trees on the camp property. You can help fell, limb and remove logs. Also chip branches, debark trees that cannot be removed, split and stack firewood. All skill levels are welcome! Accommodations, meals and tools will be provided. Please contact Corbin at RMMC to let him know when you are available (719) 687-9506

Bike Ride raises storm shelter funds.


Friday, September 4, dawned overcast with a light drizzle and 38 degrees in Granby, Colorado. The weather, however, couldn’t quite dampen the excitement of 17 bike riders participating in the Silver 25 Cycle Ride. 

The ride was organized by Brad Shelly who approached Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) earlier in 2015 about his plans to turn his bike riding passion into a fundraiser for MDS. He planned to donate any money raised to the MDS Storm Shelter Project.

For Shelly, the ride was more than just a fundraiser, it was also the 25th anniversary of being cancer free. Every five years since he battled cancer in 1990, Shelly has held a fundraiser for organizations that were part of his journey with cancer.

In 1989, just before being diagnosed with kidney cancer, Shelly had done an MDS assignment in South Carolina. It was during and after the assignment that a sequence of events were set in motion leading Shelly to later learn that he had cancer. The cancer was caught in time.

“As the riders took to their bikes and started riding the weather began to improve,” Shelly said in a short reflection piece written for the Denver First Mennonite Church newsletter where he attends church. “By lunchtime in Kremmling it was felt we might make it through the day without any rain.”

Shelly said that each rider chose the distance that he or she was comfortable riding, some 30, 50 or 80 miles. “Going up Rabbit Ears Pass wasn’t as much fun as coasting down into Steamboat Springs, but each ended the day with a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

“Friday evening everyone gathered for a meal together and reminisced about the day’s ride. Saturday was a free day each to their own choosing spent in Steamboat Springs at the air show, farmers’ market, taking walks or bike ride, breakfast or lunch at Winona’s and naps!  Saturday evening was spent going out for pizza and a Shelly tradition of ice cream,” he continued in his report.

“Sunday morning we were blessed with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine!  The ride back to Granby wasn’t all downhill, but was enjoyable even in spite of the strong headwinds,” he said.

According to Shelly, the Silver 25 Ride was felt by all to be a great success! A weekend of good fun, fellowship and safety on the roads are things that we were thankful for. Over $8,300 was raised for MDS Storm Shelter Project.

MDS is working to install storm shelters in new homes built by MDS in Mid-western states prone to tornadoes and high wind storms.

“Thank you, too, for the many who contributed to this endeavor and for your prayer support. We couldn’t have done it without you!” Shelly said.

The participants in the bike ride included, Peter Conrad, Don and Treva Finks, Tom and Ruth Friesen (Tom was our bike mechanic), Theda Good and Dawn Kreider, Ernie and Roberta Kandel, Keith Mullett, Erin Shelly, Eric, Anne, Kaelyn and Taylor Shelly, and Brad and Marylou Shelly.

Katrina Anniversary articles.

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated thousands of homes, MDS revisits some of the people and places where volunteers helped to rebuild.

Raising the Hope index.

What about the next storm?

In Buras, What's "Forever"?

You never know when you'll need somebody.

In Bayou La Batre, ministry grows out of Katrina.




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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