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Local Allstate Insurance Agency Volunteers at Oasis Village


For many senior citizens living on their own -  it can be a challenge to keep all priorities in order - family...income...or housing. That's why one Joplin senior center hopes to expand and help to not only develop a sense of community among seniors, but also help those who are still struggling due to loss from the 2011 tornado.

Calm, serene sounds surround the Oasis Village senior center in Joplin. And staffers hope to keep it that way for when future residents arrive.

"It's going to meet the needs of a lot of our senior population here in the Joplin area. And it's going to be a place where people can live together and work together and just enjoy life even after they're 65 years old." says Resident Manager, Walta Moore.

The expansion of Oasis Village will be funded by the work of the 40 to 60 seniors residents who live there. According to More, many of the seniors looking to live here were affected by the may 2011 tornado.

"So many of them did not have insurance, so when they lost - they lost everything. And many of them went and lived with their other family members, and some of them are still there. And they would much rather be back in their own home." she explains.

Loretta Bailey of Allstate insurance has been volunteering to clean up Oasis in preparation for the project, and she says this is one way the community can help seniors get back on their feet.

"The nice thing is, they don't have to give up everything to come and live here. So we're going to give housing for people. They have to work 20 hours a week, but that pays their room and board here." Bailey says.

The acres of land currently vacant on the property will be the home for the oasis villages, and hope to provide a sense of community and togetherness for those seniors affected by the tornado.

The housing would consist of one bedroom living units, along with a common house, so that residents can have privacy in their cottage while still being connected with neighbors.

Moore explains the goal of the residency as: ""living together, working together to enhance life for each other each one in that community."

The Oasis Village is a non-for-profit run center. Thanks to grants and donations, they hope to begin the building phase sometime this year.
For more information, visit their website at the link here:

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