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Newton is in eastern Texas near the Louisiana border 100 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 75 miles north east of Houston . Hurricane Rita hit this area in 2005 with high winds downing many trees and ripping off roofs. Many people evacuated this area when the storm came through however the majority have returned.
Almost three years later you won’t find too much visible damage but a few families are still removed from their homes. This area has the lowest per capita income in all of the Texas counties. The major industry in this area is lumbering due to the abundance of pine forests.
MDS has helped with clean-up directly after the storm and built three houses last winter. Since learning about additional needs, MDS is returning to rebuild and repair more homes.
This RV based project is located at the First United Methodist Church in Newton. This church has opened up some of its facilities for MDS to use during the project this fall and winter. In addition to the RV program and the regular project, several clients have been selected to be recipients of homes through the Partnership Home Program.
In Newton, MDS is working in cooperation with Second Hope Homes of East Texas and the Deep East Texas Council of Government.. To see additional photos of the homes built through the partnership with Second Hope Homes, click on the link below.
Website for Methodist Church that is hosting MDS in Newton:
Volunteers and new homeowners on the porch of the new home in Newton.
Sunday morning we attended Rosebloom Baptist Church. In last week’s report, I told about Sandrus, who came out to the camp and shared her music with us. We were so blessed! She invited us to attend her church and some of us...
Mennonite Disaster Service
c/o First United Methodist Church
308 High St.
Newton, TX 75966
PO Box 272
Newton, TX 75966
Project Directors: Frank and Irene Goertzen
Tel: (717) 368-8494
Project Start Date: January 2007
Volunteer Status: This project is closed.
Volunteers to Date: 50
Jobs Started: 6
Jobs Completed: 6
Project is closed.
For more information on the RV program, contact Don and Marilyn Buller, RV Program Coordinators (US Volunteers) at mdsrv(at)mds.mennonite.net ckearsley(at)mds.mennonite.netor Evelyn Peters-Rojas (Canadian Volunteers) at epetersroja(at)mds.mennonite.net or (866) 261-1274 (toll free).
Please download and read the files listed below if you are planning and preparing for travel to work in Newton.