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   For 17 months, Hope Village has been in Minot helping flood victims recover, rebuild, and get back into their once flooded homes.  But, all good things must come to an end. 

            For the last year and a half, there have been 5,272 Hope Village volunteers who have traveled across the map from 48 states and 5 Canadian Provinces to lend a helping hand to the Minot community.

            "Think about who said Minot is not going to be a forgotten place.  Those volunteers put in 169,623 hours of volunteer service.  And,  what makes that absolutely amazing is that the folks of Hope Village and the various partners made that possible from supplying tools, materials, managing the jobs, so that when those volunteers came, they were able to use their gifts to help the people of Minot that is a tremendous accomplishment," said Rev. Paul Krueger, Our Savior Lutheran Church.

            But, it's not all about the numbers. 

            "This is truly a momentous occasion in every way," said Rev. Krueger.  "Take a step back and look at what this was like in 2011 and June 23rd and be able to be where we are right now.  And, to sit back and celebrate what it says simply is that the flood of 2011 does not get the last word, but the people of Minot do."

            As Rev. Paul Krueger explains, it's all about reflecting on the impact the rebuild operation has had on flood victims and the Minot community.    

            "So, we want to celebrate as Hope Village and its partnership agencies, which bring this phase of flood recovery to a close."

            "The difference between Hope Village and most other things that were happening around the city was that the people that were running Hope Village and the people that were working here were doing it for a different reason.  It was because they cared and it had nothing to do with money.  It had all to do with caring for their brothers and sisters in the community.  And, so, I say you know thank you for that," said City of Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman.

            And, for those who experienced the devastation first-hand, Hope Village wanted nothing more than to give hope to a grieving community.

            Rev. Paul Krueger said, "When there is a disaster, we can accomplish more to help people get back into their homes faster and quicker when we work together."

            As Hope Village says its final farewell to Minot, FEMA has recognized its efforts as potential for future disaster recovery efforts throughout the country. 

            "It's now my privilege to say Hope Village draws to a close with one word: success.  God Bless you guys.  Thanks for being here," said Rev. Krueger.

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