From staff reports
The community-based recovery fund “Winston Strong” in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Services continues to rebuild Winston County and completed another home on Nov. 21.
Leother Moore’s home at 101 Pineywood near Armstrong Street suffered extensive damage during the April 28 tornado. MDS working with Winston Strong turned an almost demolished structure into a home again.
A dedication ceremony for the home of Moore was held on November 21.
Moore’s home is the third dedication ceremony held by MDS and WinstonStrong over the last few weeks.
The two groups are in final stages on at least 5 more homes and are working on several others. MDS and WinstonStrong hope to have more ceremonies like this in the near future.
The ceremony began with Ivan Shirk of Mennonite Disaster Services addressing the about 50 attendees including some of the MDS volunteers who worked on the home.
“This home represents what successful partnerships can produce,” said Shirk noting the strong partnership between MDS and WinstonStrong.
Hubert Yates, Volunteer coordinator with WinstonStrong, added, “This should be a shining light to the community of what can be accomplished by working together.”
Shirk along with MDS women volunteers presented Moore with a quilted wall hanging along with a key to the home.
After the MDS presentation, Mayor Will Hill presented Moore with permission of occupancy after a full inspection of the home.
“Thanks can not be said enough to MDS and WinstonStrong for the incredible job they have done here and in the community,” said Hill.
MDS and WinstonStrong are not finished with their work. With other homes in the process of rebuilding, both organizations are still in need of donations, either financial or household items. All the rebuilt homes will still need household items upon completion.
If you would like to make a donation or volunteer time to help rebuild a destroyed home, you may visit the ‘WinstonStrong’ website www.winstonstrong.org or call 405-403-3404.
Also, from now until January 23, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) will match every dollar donated to Winston Strong up to $100,000.
The Winston Strong Relief fund was immediately setup through the efforts of the Winston County Partnership. The partnership put to use its Winston Community Development, Inc 501C3 designation to create the tax deductible fund “WinstonStrong”. Funds are administered through the Winston Community Development, Inc. which is an established 501c3 non-profit. This means that any contributions are tax deductible. If you have questions the relief fund, contact Rev. Mike Dowd through the Winston County Partnership at 662-773-8719. To donate on the web visit: http://www.winstonstrong.com To make a donation by check – make checks payable to: Winston Community Development Disaster Relief Fund Mail to: Renasant Bank P.O. Box 389 Louisville, Ms. 39339 or stop by your local Renasant Bank. Winston Strong through its Winston Volunteer Coordination has helped cleanup areas hit by the tornado and repaired and rebuilt homes.