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Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response

Minot homeowner gives back to the community

Misty Weed has come full circle—from needing volunteers to serving as a volunteer. She wanted to give back to others in honor of all the help she received from Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response volunteers in rebuilding her home after the devastating Souris River flood of 2011. Misty began her volunteer work with Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response on the National Day of Service, January 19, 2013.

“I learned so many rebuild skills from the Lutheran Social Services staff and the volunteers who worked in my flooded home. I want to give back,” Misty said.

Misty Weed is a single mom with a 12-year-old son. Their house had seven feet of water on the first floor for 27 days after the flood. She had been running an in-home child care business that specialized in caring for special needs children.

Many groups of Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response volunteers worked in Misty’s home. They gutted, cleaned, sanitized, installed drywall, taped and mudded, installed flooring and cabinets and more. Once that work was done, Misty and her friends painted the walls of her newly rebuilt home. She moved back into her home at the end of September and resumed her child care business on Oct. 15. Her warm, colorful house is now so welcoming to the little ones and their families in a town where child care is such a critical need.

Misty has inspired many with her enthusiasm and resilience. When one volunteer group from Illinois who had worked in Misty’s home returned to Minot in November to volunteer in another home, they brought her some little chairs from their church for the children in her care.

Misty led a group of volunteers who painted in a home on the National Day of Service. She is keeping her vow to give back to others in the Minot community and plans to continue to volunteer for Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response.

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