Hurricane Katrina Clean Up

A Year After Our First Trip, “A River of Hope” Returns

to New Orleans to Help with Hurricane Katrina Clean Up and Rebuilding

2006-11-groupThe “River of Hope” volunteers returned to New Orleans for a sixth time, over the weekend of November 18 th through the 21 st, to continue to assist with the ongoing clean up and rebuilding efforts in the city. This was the largest of the “River of Hope” trips, and included sixty-seven volunteers. While Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services were well represented by our own employees, the majority of volunteers were building professionals who were substantially engaged in the rebuilding of
a number of homes.

As an organization, we are extremely proud of the work that we’ve done through this project, serving others in such extraordinary need. Jeff Greishar, is President of Tech Builders and has been one of our key partners in our efforts in New Orleans, leading our rebuilding efforts. As Jeff has described our work, “ Over 850,000 homes were destroyed or made in uninhabitable by Katrina. Of the billions of dollars spent so far on reconstruction of the Golf Coast very little progress has been made. Much of the work we see is getting done is by volunteers and private investment. A FEMA trailer costs the taxpayer over $50,000 while the “River of Hope” is spending about $15,000 for materials to repair a flood damaged
007161-R1-044-20AOnce again, we want to thank those of you who have supported and contributed to our efforts during the past year. It has been with your help that we have been able to accomplish so much. We invite you to consider making a tax deductible donation to the “River of Hope” project so that we can continue our support for the people of New Orleans. Any amount truly would be welcome.

Donations can be made payable to the Zenith Services, Incorporated Disaster Relief Fund, and all donors will receive a charitable tax deduction receipt in the mail. In order to donate, please contact Jenny Schraut, at 763-450-5019, or at 612-432-5915 or e-mail her at .

All tax deductible donations to the “River of Hope” project shouldbe made to the:

Zenith Services, Incorporated Disaster Relief Fund

44 North 28 th Avenue, Suite A,

St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

“River of Hope” Project

Jan Ball, Robert Ballinger, Carrie Becker, Nichole Beyer, Ryan Bose, Judy
Breyfogle, Steve Brink, Paul Chapman, Kendall Christen, Marie Christofferson,
Alicia Corbett, Liz Dalton, Alec Demgen, Matthew Frank, Greg Gedney, Jennifer
Gengler, Vana Greischar, James Gleason, Julie Gleason, Jeff Greischar, Laurel
Greischar, Gina Guggisberg, Lyndsay Hage, Madeleine Hage, Marya Hage, Stephen
Hage, Amanda Halvorson, Gregory Hinrichs, Kathy Holtz, Steve Hrbacek, Tom JoliCoeur,
Pastor Warren Jones, Phillip Kilchesky, Elizabeth Kunkel, Lori Kurtz, Steve
Kurtz, Joel LeVahn, Daniel Leitner, Joseph Lom, Whitney Lubrant, Bruce Marcus,
Christa Meyer, Dave Monthie, Rod Morkert, Sarah Olsen, Scott Rivard, Tim Ryan,
Rich Ruud, Gary Sauer, Jennifer Schraut, Alexander Thomley, Luke Thomley, Nicholas
Thomley, Rebecca Thomley, Toni Thulen, Kristy Toft, Alden Van Der Pol, Jennifer
Van Rooy, Laura Van Ryn, Cheryl Vennerstrom, Debra Weber, Michael Weber, Toni
Wessel, Garrett Wilkerson

“River of Hope” Project Sponsors

The following agencies and businesses have generously contributed to our “River of Hope” project, and many have done so several times. In addition, hundreds of individuals have given to our efforts as well. We would like to express our gratitude and deep appreciation to everyone whose donations have made our work in New Orleans possible. Thank you!

ABetter Inspection – Blaine

Abrams & Smith – Minneapolis

AC Carlson Appliances – New Hope

Ace Hardware – Long Prairie

Afton Alps – Hastings

Alan Michael Design – Edina

Alpine Capital LLC

Ambiance@53 – Little Falls

Anchor Bank – Wayzata

Anderson Engineering

Apperts Food

Arthouse, Incorporated – Minneapolis

Artistic Stone, Incorporated – Avon

Behind Bars Bike Shop

Berg Bag Company

Bethel University (Social Work Group)

Builders Association of Minnesota

Bird Island United Methodist Church

Blaine Jaycees Club

Bookin’ It – Little Falls

Bonanza Restaurant

Buca De Beppo – Osseo

Camille’s Sidewalk Café



City of Bird Island

Copeland Buhl Company

Creative Shears

Crestliner, Incorporated – Little Falls

Crystal Kuemper and Quilters

Curves – Crystal

Daisy a Day Floral and Gift – Sartell

Dan Leitner C.P.A. – Blaine

Davanni’s Pizza – Waite Park

Day Distributing Company – Maple Plain

El Loro Mexican Restaurant – Crystal

Emma’s Restaurant & Lounge

Equinox Creative Production

Evergreen Equipment – Little Falls

Everyday People Store

Faith United Methodist Church

Falls Furniture – :Little Falls

Family Dentistry – Minneapolis

Five Star Heating & Air

Four Seasons Chiropractic – Plymouth

Fun Factory Day Care

Furniture Clearance Center

Geriton Medical Supply

Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company – Minneapolis

Glacier Plumbing – Cedar

Grand Rios – Brooklyn Park


Harding Lastrup Snodusters Club


Hollywood Video – Blaine

House of Pizza – Sartell

House on Crystal Lake

Hunstiger Hillcrest Farms

Indoff – Sauk Rapids

Industrial Metals, Incorporated

Innsbruck Jewelers – New Brighton

Italian Pie Shop – Minneapolis

Jerry O. Parker – Salon Levanté – Minneapolis

Jungle Theater – Minneapolis

Keep In Touch Massage


Kvasnick Photography – Saint Paul

Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis

Lava Links – Roseville

Lily Pad Ceramics

Lions Club of Saint Augusta

Local Motion – Minneapolis

Long Prairie Food Center

Long Prairie Lumber Yard

Long Prairie Packing Company

Loring Corners – Minneapolis

M & I Bank

Maggiano’s Little Italy – Bloomington

Mahowald Insurance Agency

Majors Sports Café

Mankato Truck Repair

Mant’s Bowling

Marco Business Products

Mark VII Distributing – Saint Paul

Minneapolis Floral – Minneapolis

Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3 Employees
– Baxter

Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Sandplay Therapy Group

New Century Partners – San Francisco, California

Nordic Ware

Northeast Tree, Incorporated

Northern PCS Services

Northern United, Incorporated – Little Falls

Northwestern Bookstores – Maple Grove

Nowthen Nursery – Nowthen

Oakridge Elementary

Office Depot

Old Spaghetti Factory – Minneapolis

Olive Garden – Brooklyn Center


Petersen Motorworks, Incorporated

Piazza’s Italian Ristorante

Po-Knee Toys – Wayzata

Planet Beach

Priscilla Circle of Linden Hills Church

Professional Looks Etc. Salon

Promotion Resource Alliance

Quality Label


Randall Building Supplies

Red’s Auto – Pierz

Remodelers Choice – Minneapolis

Rick Day Day Distributing Company

Richfield Flowers & Events – Richfield

Robin Lee’s Hallmark – Crystal

Roly Poly Sandwiches – Crystal

Sacred Heart Elementary

Saint Sabrina’s

Salon E!

Salon La Terre

Sherwin Williams

Simon Delivers

Spalon Montage

Spectrum Printing – Little Falls

Spectrum Transportation – Maple Grove

Stems and Vines

Strategic Equipment & Supply – Saint Cloud

Styer Transportation – Lakeville

Tech Builders – Fairmont

Salon La Terre – Minneapolis

Sam’s Club – Saint Cloud

Scrapbooks Plus – St. Cloud

Smith Brother’s Decorating Center – Ham Lake

Spalon Montage

Spectrum Transportation

Sweet Taste of Italy – Crystal

The Red Rose – Minneapolis

Theisen Building Supplies – Kimball

Thielen’s Meats – Little Falls

Time Out Sports Bar

Tires Plus – Blaine

Todaze Hair

Trillium Services – Duluth

Twin City Tile & Marble Company – Saint Paul


Victory Auto Service – Blaine

Voyager School


Warner Manufacturing Company – Minneapolis

Western Bank – Mounds View

Yellowstone Quilt