A $108,000 donation from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Disaster Response provided a boost Monday to the flood-rebuilding efforts of Hope Village.
Michael Stadie, program director, presented a symbolic check for the gift, which brings the total that ELCA Disaster Response has given to Hope Village to $700,000.
Stadie said the money will assist Hope Village with expenses of staff and facilities so that the work of coordinating volunteer efforts can continue.
Michael Stadie, program director for ELCA Disaster Response, second from left, speaks at a news conference Monday in presenting a check to Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response for operations at Hope Village. From left are Rhonda Thompson, Lutheran Disaster Response coordinator in Minot; Stadie; Shirley Dykshoorn, state director for Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response; and Terry Haider, construction manager at Hope Village.
Shirley Dykshoorn, state director for Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response, said the donation from ELCA Disaster Response is critical to the organization behind the volunteer efforts. Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response is a funding partner of Hope Village and runs the unified volunteer center.
Kevin King, executive director with Mennonite Disaster Service, based in Pennsylvania, also attended the check presentation representing his agency, which has worked with Hope Village to provide numerous volunteers.
King said that Mennonite Disaster Service has 10 projects ongoing in the United States and Canada. Mennonites are meeting the needs after Hurricane Sandy without drawing volunteers away from Minot, he said.
"We are not leaving you," he said. "We are committed to staying through 2013."
Hope Village has between 160 and 200 homes that it anticipates will need volunteer workers. Construction manager Terry Haider said whether the work can be accomplished this year will depend on the ability to recruit the skilled workers whose help is required.