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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)mds.mennonite.net.

 


 

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Sending up the trusses at a new house being built in Jamestown, CO.

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Caulking and taping the edges with Myron and Matt in Jamestown, CO.

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Everyone watches the wall go up in Jamestown, CO.

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Volunteers Aaron and Gene work on the floor of a new build in Crisfield, MD.

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Our volunteers the first week of the project in Puna, Hawaii.

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Marlene measures trim at the RV project in Pensacola, FL.

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Digging a foundation for a new home in Pilger, NE.

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A new home in Pilger, NE.

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Framing a home in Pilger, NE.

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Working under the house in Pilger, NE.

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Ms. Michelle loves her new quilted wall hanging, presented to her at her home dedication service.

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Thanking our partners at the closing service for the Far Rockaway, NY, project.

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Volunteers Talia and Isaac scrape the floor at our project in Far Rockaway, NY.

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Celebrating home dedications in High River, Alberta.

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Celebrating home dedications in High River.

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Celebrating home dedications in High River.

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Celebrating home dedications in High River.

Recent flooding and tornados activates MDS Units

Mennonite Disaster Service units in the U.S. and Canada have been busy responding to a recent wave of severe weather that has caused floods and destroyed homes, particularly in the mid-west region of the U.S.

The MDS West Texas Unit is currently responding to flooding in an area north of Seminole, Texas, where 15 inches of rain fell within two days in late May. The teams are working on the cleanup and then repair of two homes.

In British Columbia, the MDS B.C. Unit is investigating the impact of a violent storm and flash flooding which hit the Cache Creek area on May 23, where dozens of homes were affected and residents evacuated.

The MDS East Texas Unit continues to respond and cleanup in the Van, Texas, area where a tornado caused significant damage in late May.

In Nashville, Arkansas, the MDS Arkansas Unit is cleaning and repairing homes as a result of recent tornados and high winds.

The MDS Oklahoma Unit is working in the Bridge Creek area southwest of Oklahoma City in response to recent tornado damage.

And the MDS South Dakota Unit was working late last week in the Delmont, South Dakota area cleaning up communities after a tornado.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MDS and the Gulf Coast Recovery now in paperback

The 2014 book titled “Mennonite Disaster Service and the Gulf Coast Recovery“ by Brenda Phillips, PhD, Associate Dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe, is now available in a paperback edition from Lexington Books. A long-time friend of MDS, Phillips is an award winning and widely published author on disaster recovery and socially vulnerable populations. Phillips is donating all royalties from book sales to MDS.

 The book can also be purchased through your local bookstore or favorite online bookseller. Make sure you have a copy available for your church or school library.

“Mennonite Disaster Service brings into clear focus one of the most powerful examples of faith-based volunteer service…” Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans.

“What do faith-based organizations contribute to post-disaster recovery work? And, ultimately, how can communities rebuild to be stronger and better…?  This is a fascinating read.” Lori Peek, Colorado State University.

“This important book is a valuable resource not only for students and academics, but…for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate giving and receiving in disaster recovery.” Maureen Fordham, Northumbria University. 

 

 

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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.

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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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