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Headwaters Relief Organization Volunteers Returns to Haiti Headwaters Relief Organization Volunteers Returns to Haiti September 29, 2010

VOLUNTEERS CONTINUE WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN FOUR ORPHANAGES IN HAITI. Fourteen Headwaters Relief Organization volunteers traveled to Haiti from September 18 to 24, 2010. Over half of the volunteers had participated in Headwaters’ first trip to Haiti in July. The volunteers continued their work with children in four orphanages that they had visited during their July trip and spent time in two new orphanages. One of the highlights of the trip was

Headwaters Returns to Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana Headwaters Relief Organization Returns to Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, in Response to the Gulf Oil Spill August 29, 2010

VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT TO PEOPLE IN THE PLAQUEMINES PARISH COMMUNITY, PAINTING AND CLEANING. Headwaters Relief Organization volunteers traveled to Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, from August 24 to 29, 2010, to assist in the recovery from the Gulf Oil Spill. This was Headwaters’ second trip to Plaquemines Parish, having been there in September 2008, in response to Hurricane Gustav. The volunteers’ intension was to provide mental health support to people in

Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: Headwaters Relief Organization Featured in the Twin Cities’ Channel 12 News Story

HEADWATERS RELIEF ORGANIZATION WAS FEATURED ON CHANNEL 12 TO RECOGNIZE THE FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE ONGOING WORK BEING DONE THERE. Headwaters Relief Organization was featured in a Twin Cities’ Channel 12 (http://www.twelve.tv/) news story, recognizing the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and describing Headwaters’ ongoing work in New Orleans and the region. Hurricane Katrina was the event that led to the “River of Hope” project and

Headwaters Relief Organization Travels to Hait Headwaters Relief Organization Travels to Haiti July 29, 2010

TWELVE VOLUNTEERS TRAVEL TO HAITI AND REFLECT ON THE CONDITIONS OF THE LIFE OF MANY CHILDREN. Twelve Headwaters Relief Organization volunteers traveled to Haiti from July 17th through the 24th. The volunteers’ described their experiences as memorable and life changing as they saw that there was so much need in Haiti and so few resources to meet those needs. Of all that the volunteers saw and did, what stood out for them were

Tornado Recovery in Wadena Headwaters Relief Organization Volunteers Assist with Tornado Recovery in Wadena, Minnesota June 29, 2010

HEADWATERS RELIEF ORGANIZATION VOLUNTEERS ASSIST IN THE NEEDS OF THE WADENA COMMUNITY. Headwaters Relief Organization took two teams to Wadena, Minnesota in June to assist with the recovery after the destruction of the June 17th tornado. The first trip took place on Thursday, June 24th. The Headwaters Volunteers arrived at the designated staging area in Wadena to sign in and get assignments. Those responsible for assigning volunteers were very organized

Headwaters Relief Organization Responds for a Second Time Headwaters Relief Organization Responds for a Second Time to the Threat of Red River Flooding April 29, 2010

HEADWATERS RELIEF ORGANIZATION SENT A GROUP OF EIGHT VOLUNTEERS TO THE FARGO / MOORHEAD AREA ON APRIL 7TH, IN RESPONSE TO THE THREAT OF RED RIVER FLOODING IN THE REGION. WHILE THERE, THE VOLUNTEERS WORKED ON THE SANDBAGGING EFFORTS. Patty Smith, Program Director with Zenith Services, led this group. The following are from her reflections on the trip: “We left the Metro Office in two vehicles and arrived in Moorhead

Headwaters Relief Organization’s Third Trip to Haiti Headwaters Relief Organization’s Third Trip to Haiti February 1, 2010

HEADWATERS VOLUNTEERS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT NUMEROUS SCHOOLS AND ORPHANAGES IN THE MONTROUIS AREA ON THEIR MOST RECENT TRIP. On February 25, 2011, a group of eleven Headwaters Relief Organization volunteers embarked on a third, week long, trip to Haiti. They arrived in Port Au Prince and stayed in Montrouis, Haiti, located an hour and half outside of the capital. “Johnny’s” orphanage was the first that the Headwaters volunteers visited. Through

Featured in the Trauma Psychology Journal Headwater Relief Organization’s “River of Hope” Project Featured in the Trauma Psychology Journal of the American Psychological Association December 29, 2009

PARTICIPATION IN THE RIVER OF HOPE PROJECT RESULTED IN SEVERAL CHANGES AT A PERSONAL, INTERPERSONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL LEVEL FOR BOTH VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF OF ORION ASSOCIATES. An article titled “River of Hope:  A Haven of Help in a Storm Devastated Ninth Ward” appeared in the Fall 2009 Trauma Psychology Journal of the American Psychological Association.  The article was co-authored by Dr. Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, of Georgetown University and Rebecca Thomley, of

River of Hope Returns to New Orleans Headwater Relief Organization’s “River of Hope” Returns to New Orleans November 29, 2009

A RIVER OF HOPE WAS THE FOUNDING PROJECT WHICH RESULTED IN THE CREATION OF HEADWATERS RELIEF ORGANIZATION, WHICH CONTINUES TO RESPOND TO DISASTERS AND TO SERVE PEOPLE IN NEED WHEREVER THEY MAY BE, INCLUDING IOWA, MINNESOTA AND THE TWIN CITIES AREA, AS WELL AS LOUISIANA. Headwaters Relief Organization, “River of Hope” project volunteers returned and continued their re-building work in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward over the weekend before Thanksgiving. Forty volunteers

The Orion Building’s Designation as a LEED Gold Building Featured in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal October 9, 2009

THE ORION BUILDING HAS BEEN DESIGNATED LEED GOLD STATUS AND WAS FEATURED INMINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL BUSINESS JOURNAL’S OCTOBER 9, 2009 EDITION. The Orion Building’s designation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)Gold building was featured in Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s October 9, 2009 edition.  The article recognized the importance of LEED certification, but noted the number of buildings becoming LEED certified has grown so significantly in recent years so