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Helped by Hope Village

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The doors of Hope Village may now be closed after 17 months of flood repairs, but the impact of the volunteer efforts will not fade for flood victims.

Today, Kelli Volk was invited into two homes that represent the effort and dedication of so many.

They are shutting down operations here in Minot."

Because of Hope Village, Margaret and Joe Hennes of Minot can finally sit in their living room after living in a temporary housing unit.

(Margaret Hennes, Minot Resident)"I've got lists of all of the different church groups that they sent in from all over the country. California, Rhode Island, they came from all over."

Ron Bock and his family also received a helping hand from Hope Village after their home was first flooded and then damaged by a fire that occurred in the neighboring lot.

(Ron Bock, Minot Resident)"Putting windows in, putting floors down, putting insulation in, drywall. The wall behind me was nothing but 2x4s. It was a lot of work that everybody was blessed by having Hope Village in town for the flood victims."

Where would you be without Hope Village's Help?"

(Margaret Hennes, Minot Resident)"No idea. Probably still looking for someplace. Or it wouldn't be this far along."

(Ron Bock, Minot Resident)"I think I'd still be renting a FEMA trailer at this time, so it would be detrimental if we didn't have Hope Village to help out with the volunteers, to organize, to feed them, to house them, all of the stuff that they brought in. I feel bad that they have to close down."

The actual headquarters may be gone, but Hope Village's impact still lives on in these once flooded houses that can now be called homes again.

(Margaret Hennes, Minot Resident)"What a great place Hope Village was and how much good they did for so many people in Minot."

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News."

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