FACES OF THE FLOOD-Divide and conquerThe definition of a friend is someone you can trust in a given moment, who will look out for you and help to follow your heart. Sue Jordan and her close friend, Lori Koski, followed their hearts to help their community in Barnum.
By: Jolynne Denman, Pine Journal
The definition of a friend is someone you can trust in a given moment, who will look out for you and help to follow your heart. Sue Jordan and her close friend, Lori Koski, followed their hearts to help their community in Barnum.
“It was pretty devastating,” Koski said. “Homes were torn apart, and I don’t know if families had to walk away from their homes.”
Working through their community church, Barnum Methodist, Koski and Jordan started off as cooks for the volunteers and flood victims.
“I recognized a need,” Jordan said. “I cook, that is what I do – the gift I have is to cook for large groups of people.”
Both Koski’s and Jordan’s cooking skills were put to the test when the first day of the flood came – that day brought in 200 people for aid and food.
“We were stunned by the amount of people coming in, they had such huge appetites,” Jordan said.
For 12 days Koski and Jordan met the appetites of the community, but when the church started getting swamped with volunteers coming in daily, Koski stepped up to the plate to work as volunteer coordinator.
“We saw the amount of people coming in and we decided to divide and conquer to keep things organized,” Koski said.
Working alongside an eight-member group was the best thing Koski and Jordan could ask for in volunteering for their community.
“This group of volunteers is all from Barnum,” Koski said. “Everyone knows each other, and we know we want to help right now.”
Starting together as flood relief volunteers, Koski and Jordan plan to finish together, for this duo plans to feed their community with hope for the future.