PERTH AMBOY, NJ- February 26, 2014 Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen (CCDOM) and the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) have partnered to repair and restore homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. More than a year after the Storm, thousands of families are still unable to inhabit their homes in New Jersey.
The partnership between CCDOM and MDS is making it possible for families to return to their homes and neighborhoods, in homes rebuilt by volunteers recruited by MDS.
“This partnership is consistent with the mission our organizations share: to help others in their time of need," said Larry Stoner, Disaster Response Coordinator (East), MDS , and Marianne Majewski, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.
The MDS volunteers are housed by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, which includes Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren counties. The Mennonites bring their own tools, equipment and food. CCDOM is providing all building supplies through a grant of funds from Catholic Charities USA. www.ccusa.org
“There are so many reasons we have loved working with the MDS volunteers: they are brilliant builders, they have a strong sense of mission and genuine humility. All we had to do was provide shelter and building supplies, they arrive with everything they need, including a cook!” said Ms. Majewski. “This partnership has meant that we can repair or restore damaged homes for a fraction of the cost. More families can be served and return to their homes in a shorter timeframe.”
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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:
MDS on the News