Hope Village Closes - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Hope Village Closes

Posted: Updated:

Over three million dollars flooded the city of Minot in the form of volunteer labor through Hope Village.

More than 500 homes were rebuilt and Hope Village became a disaster recovery model not only in the city of Minot but nationwide.

Efforts at Hope Village have been scaling back for a planned close at the end of the 2013 construction year.

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us about the celebration that took place today for Hope Village's closing ceremony.

Following the Mouse River flood of 2011, there was a fight to restore what was.

On the front lines of that fight: Hope Village.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "How do you like that? This disaster has been defeated!"

Close to a year and a half of operation.

397 teams of 5,272 volunteers from 48 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

544 flooded homes were rebuilt with the help of Hope Village.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "What it says simply is this: the flood of 2011 does not get the last word."

(Mayor Curt Zimbelman, City of Minot) "They were doing it for a different reason. Because they cared. It had nothing to do with the money. It had everything to do with caring for their brothers and sisters in the community."

(Jim Hatlelid, Minot City Council President) "I hope you know that your efforts will always be a shining light in a dark time for our community."

(Joan Buchhop, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota) "When we work together, we are stronger and we can accomplish more than just one agency alone."

The nine agencies that functioned as one at Hope Village have gained national attention.

(Kelly Buell, Presbyterian Disaster Response) "FEMA has dubbed this the Minot model for future disasters that will continue like you saw in Illinois yesterday."

While the recovery fight is not yet over in Minot, the need for disaster recovery groups to station elsewhere is growing.

Hope Village has cleared the trenches and passed the torch but the leadership through Hope Village will leave a lasting legacy.

(Rev. Paul Krueger, Hope Village Board President) "Hope Village draws to a close with one word: success."

In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

Minot Chamber of Commerce presented Pastor Paul Krueger with the prestigious "Genie Award."

The Chamber has presented only 55 Genie Awards since 1971.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Crop Progress

    Crop Progress

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:51:54 GMT
    Crops across North Dakota got a much-needed shot of rain last week.
    Crops across North Dakota got a much-needed shot of rain last week.
  • Registering for School

    Registering for School

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:49:17 GMT
    It's almost here...The 2014-2015 school year is less than a month away, and districts around the region are trying to get a handle on just how many kids will come through the doors on that first day.
    It's almost here...The 2014-2015 school year is less than a month away, and districts around the region are trying to get a handle on just how many kids will come through the doors on that first day.
  • Minot Water Treatments

    Minot Water Treatments

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:46:42 GMT
    Tap water in the Minot area may carry an odor over the next several days.
    Tap water in the Minot area may carry an odor over the next several days.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.