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Long Term Recovery Committee celebrates one year anniversary

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Joplin's Long Term Recovery Committee celebrates it's one year anniversary.

Today, during a meeting at Mystery Church, LTRC members gathered to share stories and reflect and all that's been accomplished.

The group consists of 50 members and more than 100 organizations.

They held their first meeting at the American Red Cross building on June 22, 2011 in response to the deadly tornado that hit Joplin one month prior.

Since then it has provided $36,000 worth of donated funds to help 95 families get back on their feet.

"One of the challenges then too when you're talking about large mass scale disaster is how do you help identify the family most in need," says Renee White of the Long Term Recovery Committee.

Committee members say another struggle has been letting those affected know their help is available.

For the past year LTRC's focus has been placed on helping homeowners cope with the tragedy.  They now plan to shift their focus to the renting community.

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