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Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response

Hope Village recovery efforts in Minot accomplished

The recovery efforts under the Hope Village banner have been accomplished through many disaster organizations partnering for the common goal of helping homeowners return home after the 2011 flood.

While volunteers from 48 states and five Canadian provinces have volunteered more than 169,700 hours—which is $3.25 million worth of labor—national and local faith-based disaster organizations have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to provide necessary services so these volunteers can provide labor and material for the homeowners who cannot rebuild without further assistance.

With Hope Village grounds closing October 12, Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response/ Lutheran Disaster Response continues to coordinate the rebuild efforts in Minot. Volunteers are housed in churches as volunteer teams return to work in homes again. There is still a crucial need for local volunteers as winter approaches.

At this phase of the recovery, a smaller Lutheran Disaster Response staff in Minot continues to coordinate the critical components needed for a successful rebuild. Such tasks include recruiting volunteers, matching skills with jobs, assigning jobs, ensuring that building supplies are on site, providing tools and site supervision, coordinating housing and meals, tracking volunteer time, and communicating with homeowners and volunteer teams. Lutheran Disaster Response was there to assist homeowners before Hope Village was established and will continue to do so until rebuild is completed.

There are still 15 homeowners who need volunteers to help complete the rebuilding of their flooded homes. Volunteers experienced in construction or remodeling their own home have the vital skills needed at this time.

“We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers and appreciate all their hard work,” said Mary Carlson, volunteer coordinator. “I am continually amazed by the generous, caring people who give of their own time and resources to volunteer in Minot.”

Tasks that remain include: taping, texturing, painting; hanging exterior and interior doors; installing laminate and vinyl flooring; and installing kitchen cabinets and trim. There are also plumbing and electrical jobs that need to be finished. Three houses need “adoption” by a church or other groups to finish repair jobs as volunteers become scarcer and winter sets in again for these families.

Individuals and/or teams are greatly needed to get families back in their homes by Christmas if possible. If you can assist with the various rebuild jobs, need additional information or will consider “adopting” a house, please call Mary Carlson, volunteer coordinator, at 701-500-5192 or mcarlson@lssnd.org. The help you provide a flooded homeowner today will be appreciated for a lifetime!

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