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Sofia Epp, an MDS volunteer, sifts through tools at a new build and glances up at the camera for a pictureSofia Epp, an MDS volunteer, sifts through tools at a new build and glances up at the camera for a picture
Volunteer in Monte Lake

After serving with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) in Monte Lake, B.C., Sofia Epp won’t see news about fires or floods the same way.

“Hearing stories from the homeowners personalizes it,” she said. “It’s been an eye-opening experience.”

Epp, 21, is a student at Steinbach Bible College in Steinbach, Man. She came to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) as a volunteer through the Sheep and Goats scholarship program, which provides students with funds for tuition in return for eight weeks of service.

“I like how MDS prioritizes relationships,” said Epp, who is studying counselling. “It’s great to talk to homeowners.”

It reminds her that her service is “more than just rebuilding a house,” she said.

Before she came to Monte Lake, Epp knew nothing about construction.

“But I’ve had some good teachers and mentoring,” she said.

So far, she’s done a lot of framing. “I think I enjoy using a chop saw the most,” she said.

John Longhurst, MDS Canada Communications

MDS needs volunteers in Monte Lake through the fall. Go here to learn more.

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