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At 101 years old, he’s back home

Shirley Smith, 83, waits every day to hear the singing. From her living room, where she sits and cares for her 101-year-old husband, Joe Smith, she hears the sounds of MDS volunteers who are repairing their home in Selma, Alabama: hammering, sawing...

Daily volunteers in Carstairs, Alberta construct a new home for Elisa Humphreys, whose home was destroyed by a tornado in 2023. Photo courtesy of Jessica Lawrence

Small town volunteer effort snowballs

Jessica Lawrence wasn’t sure how things would come together when she agreed to coordinate volunteers for a Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Alberta Unit response. While she entered the role with administrative experience, it was her first time...

A Jennings, LA volunteer working on demolition.

Reflections on saying goodbye in Jennings

Closing down the longstanding MDS response in Jennings, Louisiana, wasn’t easy. MDS Project Director Rollin Ulrich had the tough job—both logistically and emotionally—of moving MDS volunteers and equipment out of the Jennings Church of Christ...

2024 Spring Tornadoes – Plains States

A swath of devastating and deadly tornadoes walloped communities in the Plains States over the weekend. Authorities report at least four dead in Oklahoma and one in Iowa. At least 40 confirmed tornadoes hammered communities from Texas to Iowa....

Work and play at MDS summer family projects

An eight-year-old kneels, with battery-operated drill in hand, over a sheet of plywood. He knows what to do.   It’s a familiar scene at Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Family Projects. It’s amazing what young people can accomplish with the...

Mayor Billy Knight of Moss Point

Cookin’ and porch settin’?

Loria Adams wants to “get good sleep and cook something decent” in her new house. Across town, Betty Holloway wishes her mother could see her new residence. “If she could see me now—my mother would be 109 years old,” she said. What’s 96-...

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