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Joplin Rebuild Will Host Last Ribbon Cutting

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Rebuild Joplin announces plans to complete their Owner-Occupied Repair Program in December, 2014.

Rebuild Joplin formed days after the deadly May 22, 2011 tornado. First, a resource linkage website, the organization evolved thanks to a formal partnership with St. Bernard Project – a national disaster recovery organization with operations in New Orleans, New Jersey and New York City. With support from Toyota, UPS, Home Depot, Farmers Insurance, Hilti as well as other corporate partners, Rebuild Joplin operated as the primary volunteer and construction arm for tornado relief work in Joplin.

“Never before has a community recovered so quickly and so fully. What we've done here – this is a reference point for how natural disaster recovery should work” said Rebuild Joplin Co-Founder Jerrod Hogan.

Over 7,500 homes were damaged or destroyed by the May 22nd, 2011 E-F5 tornado. With support from 12,000 volunteers and over 150 AmeriCorps members, Rebuild Joplin has provided rebuild services to 180 homeowners and families who otherwise could not afford to repair their homes.

“We've recognized a significant decline in requests for services from homeowners. Through a comprehensive housing study, and collaboration with other area agencies, we're confident that the majority of unmet tornado-related housing needs have been addressed. Those needs that remain, however, will receive attention from persisting local social service agencies.” said Rebuild Joplin Executive Director Thomas Corley.

Rebuild Joplin to celebrate 180th completed tornado-rebuild project.

On December 6th, at 12:00pm at 1205 Little Court in Joplin, Rebuild Joplin will celebrate its final ribbon cutting. This event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to attend. Parking and a shuttle service will be available from the Joplin High School parking lot.

The home, owned by Mitch, received repair services from Rebuild. Mitch's home was destroyed by the May 22nd, 2011 tornado. He was well insured and received enough to pay off the mortgage of his destroyed home, but not enough to rebuild. Mitch used what was left of his insurance award to purchase a storm damaged house, and has been making small repairs for three years, but was still a long way from home. Thanks to Rebuild Joplin and its volunteers, Mitch will spend Christmas in his home with his two grown children.

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