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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)




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

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Working on the step to a new home in Crisfield, MD.


Volunteers, friends and family gather to dedicate Ms. Susan's new MDS built home in Crisfield, MD.


Some of our wonderful volunteers in Crisfield, MD.


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


Our client, Ms. Michelle, shares her Hurricane Sandy story with the volunteers in Crisfield, MD.


Project Coordinator, Esther, visits client, Ms. Irene, in Far Rockaway, NY.


Working on Mr. Carl and Mrs. Ann's house in Far Rockaway, NY.

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Volunteers Hannah and Daniel install flooring in a home in Far Rockaway, NY.

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Project Coordinators, Bill and Esther, made a great breakfast for our volunteers in Far Rockaway, NY.

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MDS Project Directors, Rob and Mary, with client, Mr. Charlie.


A volunteers shows the working faucet - Ms. Karen, of Far Rockaway, will have running water for the first time in two years.

MDS volunteers continue to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy

Two years is a long time, especially if you are living only in the small second floor of your home because the first floor was flooded by nine feet of water during Hurricane Sandy. It’s also a long time to share living space with a relative or another family until your home is safe to move into.

Two years after parts of the East Coast were devastated by the winds and water of Hurricane Sandy and many families are still displaced. Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers continue working to repair and rebuild homes in the hard-hit communities of Far Rockaway, NY, (Queens) and Crisfield, MD.

Over two thousand MDS volunteers have worked in these two communities since the storm. The tally of jobs completed in Far Rockaway is over 100, but what each job means to a homeowner’s life is what matters.

Marj Weber, Volunteer Office Manager for the MDS project in Far Rockaway reported on some of the work MDS volunteers completed last week.

“Our client, Ms. Karen, was thrilled with the work MDS did for her. She now has a landing outside her door, and steps up to it that are passable for herself and her friends. Previously, neighbors and friends were reluctant to use the rickety ones that were there.

We also built a ramp for Ms. Grace. Ms. Grace, who is in a wheelchair, was able to come outside for the first time in a long while, because a ramp was built for her.”


MDS also has active rebuilding projects in Jamestown, CO, High River, AB, Pensacola, FL and Hattiesburg and Louisville, MS.


Click here to read the New York Times article about MDS work in Far Rockaway.


See more photos of Crisfield, MD,  or Far Rockaway, NY, on the MDS Facebook page.

A short video of Crisfield, MD, shows MDS' ongoing work in that community.


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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