About the Program
The Disaster Management program at Hesston College, affiliated with Mennonite Disaster Service, will provide you with the experience, skills, and knowledge you will need to be involved in disaster recovery. You will learn ways to help people recover physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.
Scholarships are available for up to $3,000 per year.
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Disaster Management Program flow chart Mission Statement
The Hesston College Disaster Management Program exists to develop leadership abilities in managing disaster response, emphasizing Christ-like service to socially vulnerable people.
Relating to homeowners is a big part of the Summer Field Experience. Andrew Penner connects with a homeowner.
Logan Orpin gives a wall hanging to a homeowner as part of an MDS home dedication. Homeowners also receive the book “The Hammer Rings Hope,” a Bible, and the keys to their new home.
For Construction Skills class, first-year students build a shed on campus. John Miller, instructor, advises Kendrik Mast.
Jeffrey Smoker works on the shed. This construction experience will come in handy for the Summer Field Experience.
The first and second-year DMP students participate in a team-building day on the adventure course at Prairie View Mental Health Center.
The team building day builds cooperation, communication and problem-solving skills.
Logan Rierson does some mudding and taping in a house in Gulfport, Miss., as part of the Summer Field Experience.
The DMP students do many one-day service projects throughout the school year. Ben Rush and Elisabeth Wilder work on a ramp in Midwest City, Okla.
The focus of Mennonite Disaster Service is on cleaning up, repairing and rebuilding homes. This activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness.