One tornado victim, a retired chef and Minneapolis resident, points to the intersection a block from her home: “That’s where a tree impaled the windshield and killed the man during the tornado.” Tall uprooted trees, debris, and someone’s roof clutter the sidewalks and yards behind her, nearby dumpsters overflow. She lives near Sanctuary Church’s Community Development Corporation (CDC), one of World Vision Twin Cities’ members.
“It costs more to restore than to demolish the lot and rebuild a new home,” the tornado victim explains, leading us past cracked garages and shattered glass, pointing to each house, “and to bulldoze the lot alone costs over 20,000 dollars.”
Due to the damage, every home on the block behind Sanctuary CDC has been “condemned.” This tornado victim can no longer afford to live in herMinneapolis family home of 81 years.
Yet she is optimistic: “I know God wants me to do something, and I’m ready to do it. My house may not be ready, but I’m ready.” Her eyes moisten as she describes the generosity and help from her neighbors. Red Robin gave her a free meal, and her credit card bill was cut in half. She takes daily trips to the CDC for meals and essentials, while donating sheets and dishes in the process of downsizing. “It’s the little things that make all the difference,” she says.
More than 29 pallets of product including personal care & hygiene packs, coolers, blankets, cleaning supplies, new clothes and toys from World Vision Twin Cities warehouse have been passed through 12 North Minneapolis Organizations and three satellite organizations to reach neighborhoods, schools, families, and children most affected by the recent tornado.
“World Vision has greatly enhanced our ability to serve our community,” says Marque Jensen, program coordinator of Sanctuary CDC. Since the tornado, Sanctuary CDC served free meals for five days following the disaster, feeding more than 300 people a day. They gave away emergency hygiene packs, clothing and other items from World Vision’s TC warehouse both from their center and door to door in their community.
“We wholly appreciate all the help we receive from World Vision,” says Dr. Alvine, executive director for African Health Action Center (AHA) inMinneapolis. AHA distributed clothing, hygiene kits, and cleaning supplies from World Vision Twin City Warehouse.
“Each challenge has been faced with great courage, wisdom and unity,” says Sheila Ford, Community Engagement Specialist of World Vision Twin Cities, of staff and members of World Vision. “[We are] Resolving and building an even stronger community, one relationship at a time.”
This article was featured in the July newsletter.
by Annie Faye | World Vision, Twin Cities | Communication Specialist