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Hope Village $2 Million Mark

Hope Village $2 Million Mark

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Since the flood of 2011, Hope Village has been at the forefront of flood relief for the people of Minot.

Volunteers from 42 different states and four Canadian provinces have volunteered their time to help others.

The group recently hit a milestone of 2 million dollars in volunteer contribution.

But there is more to the numbers than dollars and cents.

Hope can drive people to accomplish amazing fetes.

Hope can keep a person going after tragedy has struck.

Hope can bring people together in the name of a common goal.

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Director, Hope Village) "When you consider the depth of the tragedy that happened here in Minot and applying that. Volunteers from all over the United States would be here and then to top that unbelievable goal of 2 million dollars of volunteer service, you just shake your head and say that's absolutely awesome."

(Gary Brode, gbrode@kxnet.com) "Nearly 4,000 volunteers have helped to reconstruct over 325 homes like this one. To help make a house turn into a home."

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Director, Hope Village) "They come with a sense of joy, a sense of a willing heart and a sense of care..."

(Mark Doll, Volunteer) "There is nothing better than doing a job and actually getting to see what you did. To see that difference you made. So, we know that someone's life is going to be restored or at least on the way to that. It's huge."

And so here are the numbers when you break them down.

According to Independent Sector, an organization which measures what a volunteer hour would be worth.

In North Dakota, the volunteer hour rate is currently $19.18

Multiply that $19.18 by the 120,610 hours of volunteer service Hope Village has received since opening its doors in April of 2012... and you end up with a number which amazes Pastor Paul.

While the end may be in sight for the Hope Village mission, Krueger fully intends to complete what was started...

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Director, Hope Village) "We want to finish strong. We made promises to the people of Minot at the beginning of this disaster that we were going to do whatever it takes to give everything we have got to help get folks back into their homes."

Kreueger and the rest of Hope Village look to continue its work even when its services are no longer needed.

The plan is to establish a Regional Staging Center some where in the northwest part of the state.

In the case of any disaster in the region, help could be to those in need.

Even with all the group has done thus far, the program looks to continue contributing all in the name of hope.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

About 75 homes still need to be re-constructed.

The Hope Village mission could potentially be complete as early as late October.

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