MINOT, N.D. — A faith-based effort to provide housing and equipment for recovery volunteers in Minot after the 2011 Souris River flood is transforming into a regional disaster response organization.
Hope Village, which operated in Minot with the help of many organizations with several church denominations, housed nearly 5,300 volunteers from 48 states and five Canadian provinces between April 2012 and November 2013. The volunteers were helping with recovery from a flood that damaged or destroyed more than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures in Minot, causing nearly $700 million in damage.
Hope Village Disaster Services will now respond to disasters in other communities, operating through Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot in partnership with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
“At the close of Hope Village, we had a large amount of equipment that still is in our possession here at Our Savior Lutheran Church. So what we have done is partner with Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to provide regional disaster capacity,” said the Rev. Paul Krueger, of Minot, disaster response coordinator for the synod’s North Dakota District. “We have learned a lot. Now we have the privilege to use that experience.”
The first project was in the South Dakota town of Delmont, where a May 10 tornado damaged or destroyed about 80 structures and injured nine people.
Hope Village Disaster Services recently received a $6,000 donation from Bayer CropScience to advance its regional efforts, The Minot Daily News reported.
Hope Village already has a mobile kitchen and refrigeration trailers. The grant will fund a trailer stocked with reconstruction tools to enable volunteer teams from the Minot area to quickly assemble and be on scene at disasters. Organizers are developing a base of trained volunteers.
“We would be able to take part in helping others, even as we have been helped here,” Krueger said.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com
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