WinstonStrong, MDS dedicate homes

From staff reports
 
The community-based recovery fund “Winston Strong” in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Services completed another home and dedicated it Monday, Feb. 23.

MDS and WinstonStrong presented keys to Rita Harris whose home was destroyed April 28 when the tornado came through Young Crossing Road.

The house dedication began with a word of prayer from WinstonStrong Volunteer Coordinator Hubert Yates. MDS representative Ivan Shirk proceeded with the house dedication, presenting Harris with her keys to her new home, as well as providing gifts from the Mennonites.

MDS’s Ivan Shirk noted, ” By working with other charities the group had been able to provide Harris with a storm shelter in addition to the home.”

The home dedication ceremony was the 9th home to be dedicated and completed by MDS and WinstonStrong. The 8th home was dedicated Feb. 13 to Clara Johnson on South Johnson Avenue.

Hubert Yates of WinstonStrong stated “This is a bittersweet day since it was this is last home MDS has completed in the area. All MDS volunteers will be heading home.”

“This has been a blessing to all,” said Yates.

Yates noted that the WinstonStrong was working with several other groups to get homes completed.  Christian Aid Ministries (CAM) and Winston Strong recently had 3 additional homes completed with dedication ceremonies to come.

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.

$11,000 donated to WinstonStrong
Recently, a check was presented by Bethany Presbyterian Church U.S.A. on behalf of all Presbyterian Church across North Mississippi. The funds will be used to help pay for volunteers and work coordinators.

This donation in the amount of $11,375 was presented by the District 4 Supervisor Gloria Turnipseed on behalf of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Fund.

The donated funds were matched $1 for $1 by United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).

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.

If anyone would like to volunteer, please contact Winston Volunteer Coordination at(405)403-1817 for more information.

A thank you
Dorothy Jean Harper and Winston County Extension office would like to thank Mt Moriah MB Church, Lonely Valley, Methodist Church, Center Hill Church of God and Christ, Winston County Extension Service, Winston County Self Help Cooperative, Mt Olive District Laymen and Rosie Harris for helping sponsor a recent lunch for the MDS volunteers.

Harris shows one of the many gifts provided by MDS.

Harris shows one of the many gifts provided by MDS.

Representing Bethany Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and other Presbyterian Church Gloria Turnipseed gives Rev. Mike Dowd of Winston Strong a check for over $11,000.

Representing Bethany Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and other Presbyterian Church Gloria Turnipseed gives Rev. Mike Dowd of Winston Strong a check for over $11,000.

MDS members enjoy a snack in front of Clara Johnson’s home following the dedication.

MDS members enjoy a snack in front of Clara Johnson’s home following the dedication.