This week we’re having A Moment for MDS – Mennonite Disaster Service!
“MDS completes its work for MCC office renovation project in Timmins!”
Through the project, MDS volunteers renovated and upgraded the 100-year-old office building recently purchased by MCC. Even though the volunteers were not working directly with Indigenous people, renovating the office means “we can help MCC build connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people,” volunteer Nic Hamm said.
For Lyndsay Mollins Koene, who directs MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours program, the work of the volunteers “was incredible . . . the building is an extension of MCC’s work in providing access to clean water and livelihoods with Indigenous communities.”
The renovations will help MCC move ahead with its work. This includes connecting Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and enabling Indigenous artists to sell their crafts through the Niska Artisans program, the fair-trade program that seeks to educate people about the unique cultures in Ontario’s far north.
Pictured are MDS volunteers Joe Bless, Nic Hamm and Dave Brubacher of Vineland, Ont. with the special mitts given them by the MCC Indigenous Neighbours program as a token of thanks for their work on the MCC office in Timmins.
Last year, more than 6,000 Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers cleaned up, repaired or rebuilt homes for more than 487 disaster survivors in the U.S. and Canada.