Monday, January 19, 2015

Two more storm victims were able to return to their homes this Friday January 16th, 2015 through the efforts of WinstonStrong and the Mennonite Disaster Service. The first ceremony took place at 355 EMEPA Road at 3:30PM and the second took place at 221 Beal Ave. at 4:15PM. The organizations turned over the keys to Mr. Willie Shields and Ms. Sarah Smith. The public was invited to join in the celebration.

Home of Mr. Willie Shields located at 355 EMEPA Road

 Home of Ms. Sarah Smith located at 221 Beal Ave.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Merry Christmas For Three Louisville Families

On Friday December 12th there were three Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) House Dedication Ceremonies. The first dedication was for Ms. Pearline Smith at 160 Eiland Avenue. The second and third dedications were held simultaneously for Linda Lee located at 103 Beale Street, and for Gloria Burrage located at 105 Beale Street. All of these homes were completely destroyed by the April 28 tornado.

WinstonStrong in conjuction with Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS) worked on the reconstruction of all the homes. Ivan Shirk of MDS and the MDS women presented each family with a completion form, a quilted wall hanging and the keys to their newly constructed homes.

Ms. Pearline Smith accepting keys to her home located
at 160 Eiland Avenue.

Linda Lee accepting keys to her home located at 103 Beale Street.

Gloria Burrage accepting keys to her home located
at 105 Beale Street.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Another Survivor of the April 28th EF4 Tornado moved into her repaired home on
November 21, 2014.
Pictured from left to right: WinstonSTRONG Volunteer Billy Metts, WinstonSTRONG Executive Board Member Robert Brown, WinstonSTRONG Client Leother Moore, Mayor Will Hill, and MDS Construction Manager Ivan Shirk


 Mrs. Earline Haynes was one of the "other needs" clients of WinstonSTRONG, meaning she came to WinstonSTRONG needing temporary housing and home furnishings that were lost in the April 28th tornado. Her case was closed with a celebration, and her  home was blessed by Minister Versie Estes of Mountaintop Ministries on November 22nd.

Minister Estes (left) with Mrs. Earline Haynes, client of WinstonSTRONG.
The Recovery Process Continues...
A home located at 125 Piney Wood Street in Louisville was blessed and turned over to the owner, Lucy Foster on November 14th, 2014. Her home was severely damaged from the April 28th EF4 tornado.

Billy Metts a member of Mt. Moriah MB Church, and a member of the Mississippi Laymen coordinated this repair project along with Mississippi Laymen Brother Jimmie Maxwell of Olive Branch, and Mississippi Laymen Brother L.C. Mitchell of Canton, MS.
Mr. Clarence Travis of Carthage, MS was the licensed and bonded contractor on this job.

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Foster(son of Lucy Foster), Elmetra Patterson(WinstonSTRONG Case Manger), Lucy Foster (Home Owner), and Mellie Jordan (WinstonSTRONG Case Manager)

Monday, November 17, 2014

The road of Progress...

The first complete MDS rebuild house dedication in Winston County. #glorybetoGod #grateful
The first complete MDS rebuild house dedication in Winston County was held on Thursday November 6th.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

These four members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team(DART) from the Presbytery of the Mid South (Memphis, TN) take a lunch break from assisting Winston STRONG and a homeowner in Louisville with repairs to damage sustained during the April Tornado.  They worked to repair cabinets, replace floor covering, hang lighting and smoke detectors, and several other tasks.  This group anticipates returning in coming weeks to continue work with Winston STRONG.  The recovery continues with volunteers needed to complete additional projects.