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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


The Mennonite volunteers have begun construction on their first house. Helping rebuild our community. #‎hope

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OTR Makes Donation

Dustin Smith (center) with OTR makes a $5000 donation to 
WinstonStrong. (Mike Dowd on left, Hubert Yates on right)
This is OTR's 2nd donation to the cause.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Story of Progress, Inspiration, and Hope...

Not many things can turn your life upside down in a split second...but a tornado can..and did...for too many Winston Countians on April 28th, 2014. In the blink of an eye, a home was gone, a life was lost, a community severely damaged. Willie Shields (below) is one of our Winston Countians whose life was forever changed on April 28th.

Mr.Shields can recall what it sounded like that afternoon when the storm neared our community. As he looked out the front door of his sister's mobile home, he saw the sky turn black and saw the debris blowing by the front door. He heard the loud sound of items hitting the back of the mobile home and felt the sides begin to give. It was over in just a few a seconds but left rubble in its wake. His sister's mobile home was damaged, and his home was left in shambles. Mr. Shields, however, was able to give thanks that he and his sister were not harmed. The next chapter of his life had just begun.

In the aftermath of the tornado which struck our community on April 28th, many Winston Countians were left with a choice-give up or get busy. Mr. Shields chose to get busy with beginning this new chapter in life which was not chosen but which, nevertheless, is his to write. With the help of neighbors, government professionals, and WinstonSTRONG, Mr. Shields is now in his new temporary FEMA park model which will serve as his home until his new home can be rebuilt. He feels blessed to have had the support and outreach from his friends, family, and community, and his resolve to make this new chapter in his life the best that it can be serves to inspire all Winston Countians that suffered loss and heartache that good can come from difficulty and that difficulty can make us stronger.

Anyone with questions or needs related to the aftermath of the tornado on April 28th may feel free to call WinstonSTRONG case managers at 405-403-3404.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Volunteers with their leaders from First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, MS

This group of youth volunteers with their leaders from First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, MS spent the day in Louisville working with WinstonSTRONG to clean areas that were affected by April’s tornado.  After a day of working, the group donated to WinstonSTRONG all of the tools they had brought with them.  Their hope is that this contribution will enable other groups who might not have the needed equipment to come and assist in Louisville.  Thank You! To First Presbyterian Church, Charleston for your service and your gift.