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Joplin family receives reconstructed home

A big surprise for a Joplin family today. 

They thought they were getting a new roof, but they got a lot more. Operation blessing international gathered thousands of volunteers to help reconstruct a new home for one family.

With the last cuts of a saw and a few more rocks layed, Nathan Powell and his four children have a new place to call home. For the past ten days operation blessing international worked to make the house which just had a few walls complete. The family of five were welcomed by family, friends, and the volunteers that helped rebuild the house. 
     
“It’s kind of going to be a light on a hill when you really think about it. Because it’s on a hill and it’s in the middle of a lot of devastation.” Says Nathan Powell, new home owner
     
Organizers of Operation Blessing International says the rebuilding of the home is important to not only the Powell family but the entire neighborhood.

“We believe that if we can get a family home in a neighborhood like this where you look around out of every window in this home, you just see complete destruction. So if we can get a family home we begin to see neighbors get hope and wanting to come back home.” Says Jody Herrington-Getty, Director, U.S. Disaster Relief

 ”The house next door’s gone. The house across the street’s gone. All of this is just gone. Now there’s something, there’s something to start new life.” -Powell  With that hope of rejuvenation of a neighborhood, this 15-hundred square foot home becomes a catalyst for redevelopment of the entire city.

“If they can see a family come home it becomes a neighborhood coming back home, which in turn becomes a community coming back home.” -Herrington-Getty

“Joplin never died. Joplin just hit a bump in the road. It’s just…it never died. It can start where it is and keep going. That’s what happens to everybody.” – Powell

Powell says now that the home is complete, he can do more work with his church and get a fresh start in Joplin.


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