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Convoy of Hope is teaming up with other organizations to give away a newly built green home to one of the victims of the Joplin tornado. Tuesday is the one year anniversary of the tornado, which killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has the story.
Many victims of the Joplin tornado were left homeless but thanks to donations from all around the Ozarks, one of those victims is receiving adisaster-resistant and energy-efficient home. The house is also built to accommodate people with disabilities. Jeff Nene, senior director of public relations for Convoy, explains his team’s efforts.
“Late last year we established what we call the Extreme Hope Fund and basically, what we did was set aside one million dollars and put that in a fund that would help people, that really without outside help, would really never be able to get into a home," Nene said.
The proud owner of the home is retiree Helen Owen. She has been waiting and watching her home go up for some time now. Since her previous home was uninsured, she didn’t know how she would ever be able to rebuild. She’s excited to be a few blocks east of the newly opened elementary school.
For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.