MDS one of many on-hand lending a helping hand

By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal

The Mennonite Disaster Service is busy working in Winston County and working well with the Winston Strong volunteers committee.
The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and Winston Strong Committee have partnered to repair and restore homes destroyed by the April 28 tornadoes. More than a month after the storms, hundreds of families are still unable to inhabit their homes in Winston County.
The partnership between MDS and Winston Strong Committee is making it possible for families to return to their homes and neighborhoods, in homes rebuilt by volunteers recruited by MDS. The group has already helped one family on Eiland Avenue return to their home.
“The mission of our organization is to help others in their time of need,” said Leonard Kennell, Region II Coordinator of MDS.

MDS at work

MDS at work

The Mennonites bring their own tools, equipment and food.
“There are so many reasons we love working with the MDS volunteers: they are brilliant builders, they have a strong sense of mission and genuine humility,” said Hubert Yates, volunteer coordinator for Winston Strong Committee. “Our thanks goes out to all of them.”
As part of that thank you, Emily Eaves on Jordan Circle along with other neighbors and friends hosted a lunch for many of the MDS volunteers.

Volunteers with MDS and local residents prepare to eat together.

Volunteers with MDS and local residents prepare to eat together.

The MDS volunteers have been working across the county in several areas with this past week’s focus on Eiland around Eiland and Jordan Circle.
“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,” said Mike Dowd, Chairmen of Winston Strong who recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Louisville.
Volunteers who wish to participate in this rebuilding partnership may contact Winston Strong Committee.
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.  Visit www.mds.mennonite.net for more information.