Monday, June 30, 2014

Mennonite Disaster Service in Winston County for Long Haul

The good folks at the Mennonite Disaster Service are committed to the long haul to help disaster victims in Winston County. Volunteers from all over the country, particularly Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio have already been in the area and completed thousands of hours of cleanup around Winston County.
Bunkhouse/Kitchen under construction to serve
volunteers over the next 2 years

M D S is currently constructing a camp/worksite for volunteer workers who will help with construction and repair for as long as two years. Working with Winston Strong's Community Based Recovery Committee, MDS has already begun repair work on some homes and will be involved in the construction of homes for those who had insufficient insurance and/or FEMA compensation to rebuild.

Winston Web spoke with Dave Slabaugh of MDS and Clay and David Brown, volunteers from Moss Point who indicated that an average of 30 volunteers will be in the area on a weekly basis. Slabaugh indicated that volunteers hope to work on an average of four projects at a time. Projects include roof repair and replacement and damage repair to homes that were not destroyed and also complete rebuild of homes when needed.

MDS is currently working on replacing a roof on Eiland and repair work in the Piney Woods area.

MDS is a volunteer network of Anabaptist that respond to those affected by disaster across the United States and Canada. MDS currently involves more than 3,000 Mennonite, Amish and Brethren in Christ churches and districts. You can find out more about MDS at their website at MDS accepts donations but encourages the public to donate to Winston Strong, the area long-term relief fund. You can donate at