Mennonite group works to rebuild homes and spirits

By KEVIN BEGOS | July 24, 2011 | 1:29 PM EDT

LITITZ, Pa. (AP) — When natural disaster strikes, the usual outpouring of help and assistance to a community is like a flood but falls to a trickle in time.

Members of the Mennonite Disaster Service bring help that also comes with a commitment to see the efforts through, be it a week, month or even years.

For the Pennsylvania-based organization, it's more than rebuilding ruins. The MDS says it's also about repairing the emotional damage caused by the disaster.