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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)




James Young, Pastor at Calvary Apostolic Church shows Larry Miller where MDS may park their equipment. Pastor Young's church was destroyed as was much of the neighborhood.

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Three weeks after the tornado, MDS volunteers get ready for another day of heavy clean up work.


MDS volunteer, Larry Miller, (right) with clients, Leo and Brenda Kimber as they sign the job card for MDS volunteers to clean up their home. The home, behind them, was severely damaged by a tornado.


A small Baptist church outside of Columbus, MS, was destroyed by a tornado. MDS volunteers will help this church community clean up.

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MDS volunteers work together to cut large trees to manageable sizes for removal.


This tree removal job will take some planning.


MDS volunteers work with heavy equipment to clear debris after the Apr. 28 tornados hit Louisville, MS.

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A prayer for safety and for the survivors of the tornado before the volunteers head out to work another day.


Youth volunteers clean up yards that are covered in rocks and silt.


Wanda, head cook at Jamestown, CO, brought her granddaughter, Taylor, to be an assistant cook for a few weeks.

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Some of our hard-working volunteers in Staten Island.


Putting trusses on Mr. Harry's house in Alakanuk, Alaska.


One of our volunteer groups in Jamestown, CO, this summer.


Volunteers Hoyt and Carl stand behind homeowners Ms. Ann Marie and Mr. Carl on the porch of their repaired home in Far Rockaway, NY.


The wall of fame in Staten Island - photos of all of the volunteer groups in the nearly two years the project was open.

Staten Island project closes

Two years after Staten Island, NY, was devastated by the winds and water of Hurricane Sandy, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) closed its project site on the island. During the two years of MDS response, over 1,400 volunteers cleaned up debris, mucked out homes, then rebuilt and restored homes and hope.

A celebration and closing ceremony was held in Staten Island on Aug. 27. Representatives of partner organizations, clients and volunteers celebrated the work and the restoration of hope for many homeowners.

MDS had many partner organizations in Staten Island, including the Siller Foundation, which provided the funding for many projects, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, ARC of Greater New York, the Oasis Christian Center Church and the American Red Cross.

Homeowner Rebecca Pellicano, shared about having her home, and hope, rebuilt by MDS. “I had lost all hope…and I became bitter and I blamed God.” She told about her eventual contact with the Siller Foundation and subsequent contact with MDS.

Speaking about the MDS volunteers, she added, “And the people that I met helped bring me back home, not just to (my house), but back into the arms of God…The love of Christ shined out of every single person that walked into my home. Every nail that went into the wall, every screw, every stroke of the paintbrush, the love of God filled my home.”

MDS continues active rebuilding projects in Jamestown, CO and High River, AB. Projects in Crisfield, MD, Far Rockaway, NY, Hattiesburg, MS and Pensacola, FL will reopen in October. 



MDS featured in new book

Brenda Phillips, PhD, Associate Dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe, has published a new book titled “Mennonite Disaster Service and the Gulf Coast Recovery“ A long-time friend of MDS, she is a widely published author on disaster recovery and socially vulnerable populations and has received numerous awards and recognition. Phillips is donating all of the royalties of book sales to MDS. To order a book at a download an order form here or call the Binational Office, (717) 735-3536. The book will be “library quality,” so consider donating a copy to your church library.



The book has been described as an “academic study and a story—a truly engaging one—of people helping people in a very special way. This is a close up view of those who experienced the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike and those from the Mennonite Disaster Service who came to help. Together they built a classic therapeutic community. This important book is a valuable resource not only for students and academics who will find rich empirical support for many theoretical concepts, but for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate giving and receiving in disaster recovery.”— Maureen Fordham, Northumbria University 






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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MDS Locations

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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