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Rebuild Joplin Brings Its 128th Family Home

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Rebuild Joplin celebrates its 128th housewarming since the Joplin tornado today. Theo and Opal Morrison were moving into their home on Illinois when the tornado struck. Without having time to buy insurance, according to Opal, the tornado winds shifted their home from its foundation, rendering it unlivable. 

"A friend told me about Rebuild Joplin," Opal said. "So I went down and applied, and I wasn't sure I was going to get it, because there were a lot of people there that needed homes as bad a we did."

So when she heard that Rebuild Joplin not only would build her and her husband a house, but one for her grandsons next door, she was ecstatic. 

"People don't realize that people get a blessing from God everyday," she said. "And this is my blessing." 

Thanks to Rebuild Joplin, 480 hours of work from volunteers, and a grant from the Tulsa Foundation, Opal says she is happy to finally be home.

"Permanence. That is the word," Opal explained. "I could just tell you all day, of how wonderful these people have been to us and that the most they have given me is the confidence and the reliability that I'm in a safer home." 

And according to Rebuild Joplin's Development Coordinator Matt Schultz the organization is happy to do it.

"We are here until that need is met," Schultz said. "They rely on us to have a safe home again." 

Schultz says that Rebuild Joplin estimates another 60 families that are still in need of Rebuild Joplin's services, even almost three years since the tornado. He says housewarmings like Opal and Theo show the community what a home really means.

"I hope they pay it forward and see inspiration here," he said. 

Also present for the housewarming was Cici's Joplin Store Operator James Martin. Who came with a donation check of $2,000 dollars for the organization. As a store that was also destroyed by the Joplin tornado, Martin says CiCi's feels the need to give back to the community. 

"We got blown away with a lot of people," Martin said. "We knew we wanted to come back, just ran into some issues, and when we got back we felt like as soon as we got back, we needed to jump right in and do something with the community while we rrebuilt So we got a hold of Rebuild Joplin and said 'hey what can we do." 

For a link to the Rebuild Joplin website, click here. 
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