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Wildfire recovery work ongoing in the Midwest

n early March devastating wildfires struck parts of Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma killing several people and destroying thousands of acres of land. As acres and acres burned many cattle and other livestock were killed and miles of fencing was...

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Detroit: Blessing out of Disaster

Detroit, MI — A commemoration ceremony was held earlier this year to honor the work done by Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and the more than 1,000 volunteers who helped in the community after the 2014 flooding. This marked the official end to the...

Ten MDS-built homes dedicated in West Virginia

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia — Hymns, laughter and tears of relief rang over blustery winds and snow squalls as 10 homes were dedicated in the West Virginia town of White Sulphur Springs on March 11. The homeowners are survivors of a...

MDS continues its work in Bastrop County

In September 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history and one of the top most destructive wildfires in US history struck Bastrop County, Texas destroying almost 1700 homes, 38 businesses, 34,000 acres and it resulted in the loss of 2...

National Forest Removing Spruce Beetle Trees

Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp (RMMC) called on Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) and camp volunteers to remove dead trees because of the spruce beetle infestation. Pike National Forest this January, called on contractors to do the same with the goal...

Love Your Neighbor

Waynesboro, VA — Hurricanes slamming the coast bring damaging winds, torrential rains and can displace thousands of people at a time. Long periods of rain or a series of thunderstorms can cause major flooding that sweep homes off foundations and...

MDS Ontario Responds to Windsor Flooding 2016

On September 29, thousands of basements were flooded in the Windsor-Essex area after 200 mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period. Many homeowners had no flood insurance or very limited coverage. Samaritans Purse Canada (SPC) coordinated the initial...

MDS partner: “we love the excellence”

Lafayette, LA – When Amy Speidel looks at her file of 50 homes in need of repair in the Lafayette area of Louisiana, she sees more than a list of names. “Here, nobody is a cookie cutter,” she said, “and the repair needs are as dynamic as the...

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