River of Hope returns to help Katrina

“A River of Hope” Relief Project – Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services Employees return to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina clean up over Fathers’ Day Weekend 2006-06-group

Joined by general contractors, plumbers, and electricians, our “River of Hope” volunteers traveled to New Orleans over Father’s Day weekend to assist with the clean up and rebuilding efforts in the Ninth Ward and Saint Bernard’s Parish. This was our organization’s fourth trip to the region. 2006-06-group-001In order to raise funds for this trip, we conducted a number of efforts, including a Yard Sale and a “Fashion for Hope” show at the Jungle Theater, Minneapolis. Through these efforts, we were able to fill a semi-truck with sheet rock, tools and other building supplies and materials. While we were in New Orleans, we gutted several homes so that additional clean up and repair work can begin. We added supplies to the community resource center that we established the first time that we were there, making these supplies available to the neighborhood and other volunteers. We gave some of our supplies to representatives of Saint Bernard’s parish, where 20,000 residents have returned, but are struggling under the current conditions. One of sites at which we have been working, the New Salem Baptist Church, is now complete. Regular services are being held and the church is serving a focal point, serving the community. 2006-06-group-006We are grateful for the opportunity to help in New Orleans. There is not enough media coverage of how poor the conditions are there and how little is being done to help the poorest people and the elderly. While we feel like we have accomplished a lot, there are still few volunteer organizations in the area gutting homes and rebuilding as we have done. We plan to return to New Orleans in August, as the deadline for homeowners to show progress on their homes or risk losing them is August 29th. We plan to continue to work with Minnesota contractors, plumbers, electrician and roofers to support the people of the Ninth Ward and Saint Bernard’s Parish. 2006-06-group-008We want to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to this cause and would invite others to do the same. In order to donate, please contact Jenny Schraut, 612-432-5915, or e-mail her at . All tax deductible donations should be made to the:

Zenith Services, Incorporated Disaster Relief Fund

44 North 28th Avenue, Suite A St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

Hurricane Katrina Clean Up

“River of Hope” Project Participants – June 2006 Amy Anderson, Penny Archer, Ryan Boe, Judy Breyfogle, Jeffrey Chase, Alicia Corbett, Alec Demgen, Julia Demgen, Rachelle Engelking, Dee-Ana Farness, Janis Federer, Thomas Feucht, Jeff Greischar, Laurel Greischar, Shauna Greischar, Sue Greischar, Vanna Greischar, Gina Guggisburg, Lyndsay Hage, Madeleine Hage, Marya Hage, Stephen Hage, Cindy Hand, Kelly Hand, Shelley Hawes, Gregory Hinrichs, Kathleen Holz, Pastor Warren Jones, Barbara Josephs, Kathryn Knuth, Elizabeth Kunkel, Daniel Kurtz, Lori Kurtz, Steve Kurtz, Jennifer La Chance, Katelyn Lange, Heather Lauer, Daniel Leitner, Emily Leitner, John Lom, Kenneth Lom, Whitney Lubrant, Tammy Maschler, Shelley Nelson, Sarah Olsen, Delores Price, Jennifer Schraut, Sara Scott, Emily Stelzer, Shane Stenlund, Trevor Sweet, Alexander Thomley, Luke Thomley, Nicholas Thomley, Rebecca Thomley, Toni Thulen, Kristy Toft, Sara Treml, Lara Trujillo, Jennifer Van Rooy, Cheryl Vennerstrom

“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

Ace Hardware – Long Prairie

Afton Alps – Hastings

Alan Michael Design – Edina

Alpine Capital LLC – New Brighton

Apperts Food

Anderson Engineering

Apperts Food

Artistic Stone, Incorporated – Avon

Berg Bag Company

Bethel University (Social Work Group)

Bird Island United Methodist Church

Bonanza Restaurant

Buca De Beppo – Osseo

Camille’s Sidewalk Café

City of Bird Island

Copeland Buhl Company

Creative Shears

Crystal Kuemper and Quilters

Curves – Crystal

Daisy a Day Floral and Gift – Sartell

Dan Leitner Consulting – Blaine

Davanni’s Pizza – Waite Park

Day Distributing Company – Maple Plain

El Loro Mexican Restaurant – Crystal

Emma’s Restaurant & Lounge

Equinox Creative Production

Five Star Heating & Air

Four Seasons Chiropractic – Plymouth

Fun Factory Day Care

Furniture Clearance Center

Geriton Medical Supply

Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company

Grand Rios – Brooklyn Park



Hollywood Video – Blaine

Hunstiger Hillcrest Farms

Indoff – Sauk Rapids

Industrial Metals, Incorporated

Italian Pie Shop – Minneapolis

Jerry O. Parker – Salon Levanté – Minneapolis

Jungle Theater – Minneapolis

Keep In Touch Massage


Lagoon Cinema – Minneapolis

Lily Pad Ceramics

Local Motion – Minneapolis

Long Prairie Food Center

Long Prairie Lumber Yard

Long Prairie Packing Company

M & I Bank

Maggiano’s Little Italy – Bloomington

Majors Sports Café

Mankato Truck Repair

Marco Business Products

Mark VII Distributing – Saint Paul

Minneapolis Floral – Minneapolis

Minnesota Public Radio

Nordic Ware

Northern PCS Services

Oakridge Elementary

Office Depot

Old Spaghetti Factory – Minneapolis

Olive Garden – Brooklyn Center

Papa Murphys – Crystal

Petersen Motorworks, Incorporated

Piazza’s Italian Ristorante

Po-Knee Toys – Wayzata

Planet Beach

Professional Looks Etc. Salon

Promotion Resource Alliance

Richfield Flowers & Events – Richfield

Robin Lee’s Hallmark – Crystal

Roly Poly Sandwiches – Crystal

Sacred Heart Elementary

Saint Sabrina’s

Salon E!

Salon La Terre – Minneapolis

Sam’s Club – Saint Cloud

Sherwin Williams

Simon Delivers

Spalon Montage

Spectrum Transportation – Maple Grove

Stems and Vines

Strategic Equip & Supply – Saint Cloud

Styer Transportation – Lakeville

Sweet Taste of Italy – Crystal

Tech Builders – Fairmont

The Red Rose – Minneapolis

Theisen Building Supplies – Kimball

Time Out Sports Bar

Todaze Hair

Trillium Services – Duluth

Twin City Tile & Marble Company – Saint Paul


Voyager School


Warner Manufacturing Company – Minneapolis

Western Bank – Mounds View

Yellowstone Quilt