California Unit

Welcome to the MDS California Unit

Read our new California Unit newsletter here.

Mark Your Calendar for our California Unit Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 9

10am to 2pm

Upland Brethren in Christ Church

845 W. Arrow Hwy. Upland, CA 91786

Building is Underway in Paradise

Watch a timelapse video of the work here.

Thank you for your prayers for Paradise. Work is now underway at several project sites, including this jobsite where volunteers prepare to pour the foundation and slab for our very first project.

The home, located in a remote area outside of the Town of Paradise, will belong to Cheryle. For more than two years, Cheryle has been “making do” in the travel trailer seen in the background. Click here to read about how Cheryle’s story impacted MDS volunteer Robert Unruh. To volunteer contact Josh at or call 800-241-8111. 

Learn more of John O’Neal and Teresa Wallace’s story and meet Gayle Zepeda, another Ukiah fire survivor, in these MDS videos below. 

Quick Stats

California Unit Officers 

Unit Co-Chair – Roger and Lee-Ila Riley

Unit Vice Co-Chair (Northern) – pending

Unit Vice Chair (Central) – Steve Bell

Unit Vice Chair (Southern) – pending

Unit Communications Vice Chair – Kathy Heinrichs Wiest

Unit Treasurer – Linda Collins

Unit Secretary – Anne Guenther 

Mennonite Brethren Rep – Judy Lopez

Brethren in Christ Rep – Roger Sharp

Mennonite USA Rep – Merle Kauffman

News, Updates, & Events

MDS project director, moved by plight of disaster survivor, encourages more people to volunteer

By Robert R. Unrau Over the past couple of months  I spent seven weeks in Paradise, California, serving as a project director for Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS). It is a Read More…

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Mar 11-15, 2019

A group of mixed aged volunteers from Vinewood Community Church in Lodi, California joined us this week, along with a volunteer from Canada. The volunteers’ ages ranged from a few Read More…

Lake County, CA – Weekly Report – Mar 4-8, 2019

We were blessed to have 15 volunteers with us this week. Eleven were from Canada, two from Pennsylvania, and two from Virginia. We enjoyed getting to know one another throughout Read More…

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