Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 23, 2013

Rebuild Joplin working

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — On Monday, the Joplin City Council made sure the remaining 11 families (displaced by a May, 2011 tornado) will have a place to go. Under the plan, the mobile homes occupied by the 11 families will be donated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and moved to privately owned mobile home parks. Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri will then work with the families to help them find permanent homes.

On Tuesday, Rebuild Joplin cut the ribbon on the 59th house that has been rebuilt or repaired for a tornado-affected family. And Rebuild Joplin continues to seek others who may need help, even if they have been denied by another agency. The organization is even launching a program that seeks to turn renters into homeowners.

And, of course, Habitat for Humanity homes have been a haven for many.

Finally, we must thank the thousands and thousands of volunteers who have done so much for the community.

Joplin has made finding homes for the displaced a top priority since the tornado.

It has been the right thing to do.

In fact, it’s been remarkable

The Joplin, Mo., Globe