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Disaster Times—Minot

Disaster Times—Minot, February 7, 2012
Lutheran Social Services—Lutheran Disaster Response
Weekly Update:

In efforts to keep you informed please feel free to clip and paste the following information in your bulletins.
Priorities: We need volunteers in construction to assist in the preparation of scopes of work and estimates of the cost to rebuild flood damaged homes, electricians to do residential electrical work, and case managers to identify needs and connect people with financial assistance and advocate on behalf of families affected by the flood.
Total number of jobs pending this week: 95
Volunteers in this week: 4
Number of volunteer hours this week: 73.25
Number of houses: 2
Ongoing need: Volunteers to help feed our volunteers are always in demand until April 2nd when Hope village opens.
The need continues for volunteers to rebuild and to estimate damage/costs - if anyone is interested, please contact 701-833-4676. Anyone interested in serving as a case manager, please contact Bob Lower at

Web site: is the one-stop place for the most current information on what is happening in the rebuild effort in Minot.

DRIVERS WANTED: We are looking for volunteers who love to drive! Hope Village trailers are ready to be transported from Nebraska to Minot. If you have a truck and are interested in bringing bunk trailers and shower trailers to Minot for volunteer housing, contact LDR: 701-833-4676.

CAMP NOAH: Camp Noah is coming to Minot! Camp Noah is a day camp for school age children who have experienced a disaster. The first 2 weeks of June are scheduled at Camp of the Cross. Camp Noah would like to schedule camps for the remainder of the summer. Camp Noah is a fun filled, week-long, day camp that facilitates the emotional recovery of children from the devastating impact of disaster and other traumaticlife events.
Flood victims need your help! In order to prepare flood-impacted families for the summer rebuilding programs, 25 additional case managers are urgently needed. A Case Manager walks flood survivors through the rebuild/recovery journey. Working in cooperation with faith-based and community-based agencies, as well as the Souris Valley Long-Term Recovery Committee, each Case Manager plays a critical part in the recovery of a family’s home and their life! Case Management is a practical way to transmit compassion and genuine assistance to those in need. Training and ongoing support is provided. Your help is critical. Find out more.

For further information about this well-organized and effective program, contact Pastor Debra Ball-Kilbourne, Vincent United Methodist Church at 701.838.4425.

Training for new case managers will be offered on Monday, February 20, 2012

What Does a Case Manager Do?
• Following the application stage, help clients develop a recovery plan by jointly reviewing the assistance they have received, identifying any unmet urgent needs, and determining possible sources or gaps in resources.
• Refer the client to another program or agency when appropriate.
• Follow up with other agencies to assure that assistance commitments have been met.
• Remain in contact with the client until the disaster-related needs are met and/or the case is closed.
• Close or refer the case when no more can be accomplished, being certain to take time for closure with the individual or family.
• Keep detailed records of every case, home visits, referrals and contacts with resources on client’s behalf.
• Network with other agencies to stay informed about services and resources.
• Respect confidentiality at all times.
• Attend training and weekly support sessions.
• Enable clients to take responsibility for their recovery, acting as advocate and facilitator as opposed to rescuer.

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Growing Futures to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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