KNCSB Disaster Relief returns to Minot, N.D.

In June 2011, the Souris River reached record levels, flooding communities across 30 miles of northwestern North Dakota. In Minot, population 44,000, more than 12,000 people were evacuated. The river flooded a quarter of the city, devastating 4,815 homes, churches, schools and businesses.

Following the flood, Minot experienced a critical and uncharacteristically low number of volunteer teams. The consistently cited reason was the lack of adequate accommodations for volunteers. The end result was that families with critical needs were not served.

In order to increase the number of volunteers and to maximize the effectiveness of volunteers and volunteer agencies, a multi-denominational volunteer center called Hope Village has been established. Through this partnership, approximately $3.2 million of volunteer labor will be provided to Minot this summer.

By May, Minot’s restoration will begin in full force, and the volunteer agencies will be ready to provide their very best to those in need.

Our work is first with those who are the most vulnerable—the poor, disabled and those who will have the hardest time recovering (which often includes relocation assistance). Uninsured and under-insured homeowners will receive assistance in clean up, repair and rebuilding their homes. The process of case management identifies those who are in greatest need and will receive our help by a priority system.

Hope Village:

  • Combines the organizational strengths of multiple faith-based organizations while allowing each to retain its unique corporate identity and disaster recovery specializations
  • Provides volunteer housing, meals and fellowship
  • Assigns projects and matches volunteer skills
  • Supplies tools and equipment necessary for the job
  • Serves as the central volunteer management point for the City of Minot and Ward County

KNCSB Disaster Relief has committed to provide volunteers that will be responsible for feeding from May 1 through Oct. 1, 2012. Having been blessed to minister in Minot last summer, we are proud to have been invited back to take part in this effort. 

KNCSB Disaster Relief is looking for volunteers that would like to serve on a 14-day kitchen rotation. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in disaster relief, get some extra training, or just come out to see what this disaster relief ministry is all about. Being involved in disaster relief is one of the most rewarding mission opportunities you will find.

KNCSB would also like to send rebuild teams to Minot. If you have a special skill in construction, or if you can only swing a hammer, you are needed. Please prayerfully consider joining in this great effort to help the people of Minot rebuild their lives. For more information, contact Larry Thomas at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)