Disaster Times—Minot

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Disaster Times – Minot, March 29, 2012
Lutheran Social Services of ND/Lutheran Disaster Response Weekly Update:

In efforts to keep you informed please feel free to clip and paste the following information into your bulletins.

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.

Hope Village – April 2nd, this ecumenical effort opens 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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Skilled Volunteers in construction and estimators to assist in the preparation of scopes of work and estimates of the cost to rebuild flood damaged homes
  • Volunteer electricians to do residential electrical work – call 701-500-5206
  • Volunteer case managers to identify needs and connect people with financial assistance and advocate on behalf of families affected by the flood

NEEDED:

  • 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
  • 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, please contact LDR at 701-500-5206.
  • Case Managers in Minot area, contact Pastor Debra Ball-Kilbourne, Vincent United Methodist Church at 701-838-4425

What Does a Case Manager Do?

  • A Case Manager assists families to access resources needed for their recovery
  • Each Case Manager plays a critical part in the recovery of a family through compassion and genuine assistance to those in need
  • Training and ongoing support is provided

Web site: www.hopevillagend.org provides the most current information on what is happening in the rebuild effort in Minot.

Numbers aren’t the only way to gauge our success but they do show progress: -- As of March 24, 2012

  • Total number of jobs pending: 188
  • Volunteers this week: 175
  • Number of volunteer hours to date for March: 1261
  • Number of houses: 19

To the volunteers: Thank you. From everyone who shook your hand, to those you commiserated with and did the hard, difficult work that the homeowner could not do, thank you.

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