Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Brethren Disaster Ministries project site opens in Indiana.

"We're excited to offer an additional volunteer opportunity for disaster response volunteers this fall," read an announcement from Brethren Disaster Ministries office. "The new project in Winamac, Ind., will be ready to get started the week of Sept. 27."

Volunteers are needed at the new project site to help rebuild homes following destruction caused by a storm system with heavy rain that flooded the area in the winter of 2008. Many communities along the Tippecanoe River in northern Indiana were affected, leaving many homes damaged or destroyed.

"While over 1,300 households in the region applied for FEMA assistance, many families did not receive enough assistance to fully recover and return home," said the announcement from Brethren Disaster Ministries. "The local disaster recovery agency has called upon Brethren Disaster Ministries to help with the needed reconstruction."

The program currently is recruiting volunteers to help rebuild two homes, seeking volunteer groups of 6-8 volunteers for each week from Sept. 27 through Nov. 21. Volunteers should be in good health, physically fit, and able to do heavy lifting. Skills in new construction will be helpful. Initial work will includes framing, roofing, sheeting, subfloor, and window and door installation. Volunteer housing will be at Bethel Bible Church in Winamac, where the Shenandoah District bunk trailer and tool trailer will be available.

District Disaster Coordinators are being requested to share this information with potential disaster volunteers in their districts. For more detailed information go to or call 800-451-4407 ext. 7.

Source: 9/24/2009 Newsline

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