Who We Are
MSN is an inter-denominational, 501(c)(3), faith-based Disaster Relief Organization (DRO). Our roots stem from providing disaster relief and supplies to the Bahama Islands after hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in the fall of 2004. We organized and led short term mission teams to Eleuthera and Grand Bahama Island. We also worked with local missionaries for the sourcing, procurement and delivery of building supplies throughout the winter and summer of 2005. Then hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast on the morning of August 29, 2005 devastating the coast of Mississippi and flooding New Orleans. Katrina became the worst natural disaster in the history of the US.
MSN organized and led its first team to Pass Christian, MS on October 17, 2005 seven weeks after the storm. The devastation was unimaginable. We have been back on average once a month since then. As the relief efforts have transitioned from muck-out and clean up to rebuild, the need for skilled teams to help families get back into their homes has grown tremendously. We are seeing more and more cases of families who have used all their available resources/money to get their homes partially rebuilt with no way to get them finished. While there are a number of faith-based organizations and churches helping with unmet needs often they do not have the capability or resources to see a project through to completion.
We continued our operations in Mississippi throughout 2007 and through July of 2008. With the advent of rising gas prices and the ending of grants for materials by major non profits in the area our Board of Directors decided to begin a project closer to home in Allendale, SC in June of 2008. This represented our first rebuild project outside of Mississippi. However, we remain true to our mission by helping a family whose home was destroyed by a tornado in March 2008. This project was conducted in partnership with the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission of South Carolina.
Our concept is a simple one. We identify, through existing case management channels or local church contacts, those families with the most critical unmet needs. We then lock arms with that family to conduct the needs assessment, fund raising, mission team recruitment, materials procurement and project management of their rebuild. We stay with them through home dedication and move in. We feel by attending to the families physical needs we have an opportunity to tend to their emotional and spiritual needs as well. Helping others, expecting nothing in return, is the highest form of exhibiting the grace and love of Christ.
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