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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our Warehouse Burglarized Over the Weekend

The Winston Strong warehouse located at 902 S. Columbus and
Hudspeth Construction at 805 S. Church were burglarized over the weekend.  Power tools were taken from both locations with the majority taken from the Winston Strong facility.

Louisville Police were contacted on Monday morning after the thefts were discovered. A significant number of new Milwaukee power tools including cordless drills and saws were taken. A full inventory is being conducted by Winston Strong staff to identify the stolen items.

Tools similar to those stolen from
Winston Strong
These items were donated by Milwaukee Tool and were to be used in the construction of new homes by Winston Strong groups for last April's tornado victims.

The burglaries occurred sometime between closing on Friday afternoon (Sept 19) and  Monday morning. LPD investigator Greg Clark is asking for the public's assistance in this case. If you have any information that may be relevant to either of these burglaries, contact the Louisville Police Department at 662-773-3511 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999.