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Hurricane Harvey update – MDS team in Texas

Lititz, Pa. – A Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) assessment team arrived Wednesday in southeast Texas to explore early response needs for clean-up and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey. While blue skies and sunny weather greeted them, they were...

MDS assessment team heading to Texas

Lititz, Pa. – A Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) assessment team will arrive in eastern Texas on Wednesday, August 30, to begin a 5-day exploration of need and eventual MDS response to Hurricane Harvey. The team will begin its work in Austin,...

Kansas Unit looking for volunteers

The Kansas Unit is looking for volunteers to help with a parking lot build. The home being constructed in Eureka, Kansas will first be framed by volunteers in a parking lot over three evenings next week. The build will take place at First...

MDS experience leads to more volunteer work

Pine Ridge, S.D. – Sometimes a week of volunteer work with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is a stepping stone to another service project in another place and time. Recent college graduate Chris Guntz has been building on his service...

You could do this, too

Ron Long can easily recall times in his life when his job was extremely difficult, both physically and mentally. As a young man, after considering going into social work, he realized he liked using his hands. He began his career in construction as a...

MDS Family Project in the Poconos

While family projects are a mainstay of MDS Region 5 (Canada) summer activity, a similar project has begun at Spruce Lake Retreat and Camp Center in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. MDS volunteers Dottie and Keith Reid, members of the...

From disaster on the street to tiny homes

Denver, Colorado — The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Colorado Unit is responding to a local disaster that doesn’t easily fall into the criteria of a natural disaster, events MDS volunteers are well-known for addressing. Instead, what stands...

As work ends, doors open in Hope Village

White Sulphur Springs, WV — More than 1,800 volunteers helped finish 28 homes in West Virginia’s Hope Village, and some of them joined homeowners, government officials, project directors and pastors to celebrate home dedications on May 22....

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