West Liberty is located in Northeastern Kentucky in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is home to just over 3,000 people. Nearly 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.
An EF4 tornado hit the small community of West Liberty on March 2, 2012, carving a 60-mile path of devastation. Twenty-three persons died in Kentucky as a result of the storms that day and many homes were destroyed or damaged. In addition, almost 90% of the businesses and government buildings in West Liberty sustained damage.
The West Liberty Mennonite Church survived the storm with minimal damage to their property. Many of their neighbors were not quite as fortunate. MDS volunteers will be sharing facilities with the West Liberty Mennonite congregation. Volunteers will be housed in mobile bunk units and will use the church fellowship hall for meal times. Volunteers will be assisting with the building of several new homes and may assist with some repair work.