Disaster Times—Minot

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Disaster Times – Minot, April 10, 2012
Lutheran Disaster Response has a new name; the agency will now be called Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response. Same services, different name.

Shirley Dykshoorn, director of Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, testified on the need for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to rebuild Minot at a CDBG hearing of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee held April 3, 2012 at the Minot City Hall.

Applications for assistance through the Resource Agencies Flood Team (RAFT) will be accepted through April 15, 2012 for 2011 flood affected people in Ward, McHenry, Renville Counties. To apply, contact the RAFT office at Vincent United Methodist Church in Minot at 701-630-2272. No applications will be accepted after that date. Copies of the RAFT Application can be picked up at the following locations:
- NDSU Extension Service, Ward Co. Courthouse
- Vincent United Methodist Church
- Community Action
- North Central Human Service Center
- Ward County Social Services

Ward County flood victims who are planning on rebuilding their homes and move back in will have an opportunity to apply for financial assistance. The money comes from a $3.5 million grant that the Souris Valley Long Term Recovery Committee received from the North Dakota State Housing Rehabilitation and Citizen Retention Grant. Homeowners can apply for funds beginning on Monday, April 2. They will assist rebuilding only the main floor. People who rent or who are planning to sell their property are not eligible for funds. More information can be found at www.svunitedway.com.

Hope Village Update
246 Volunteers for the month of April
4/2-4/5-91 Volunteer hours
2/3 of the homes in rebuild are in need of electrical work

Urgent Needs:

    1. Volunteer Master Electricians from North Dakota are desperately needed for progress in rebuild.
    2. We need ““retired” people with a construction background who can serve as job site supervisors to oversee and supervise the rebuilding of the flooded homes. If interested, please contact LDR in Minot, 701-500-5206
    3. Two -- 12ft long, flatbed trailers to transport materials to homes for rebuild. If anyone would like to donate one or both or contribute to purchase, if you have one and would be willing to let LDR borrow it, please contact LDR at 701-500-5206.
    4. Case Managers in Minot area, contact Pastor Debra Ball-Kilbourne, Vincent United Methodist Church at 701-838-4425

Hope Village – April 2nd, this ecumenical effort opened its doors to receive as many as 250 volunteers per day who will work through the Hope Village process to rebuild houses in the Minot area. Houses to be rebuilt are identified through the RAFT case management system (application process closes April 15). By providing housing, meals, showers, jobs and tools for volunteers, rebuild help is in full swing. The effort includes local, state and national partners such as Our Savior Lutheran Church-Minot, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran Social Services of ND/LDR ND, Dakotas Conference – United Methodist Church, UMCOR, LCMS World Relief and Human Care, United Church of Christ, Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, Episcopal Relief and Development, Orphan Grain Train, Western ND Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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