JOPLIN, MO.--- This afternoon, Joplin Area Long Term Recovery Committee members reflected on their accomplishments during the past two and a half years.
"We just came together and our boots hit the ground, and our hands joined together and we didn't stop until it was done," said Dr. Renee White, LTRC Chair.
In the wake of the May 22nd 2011 tornado, more than 150 organizations joined forces to create the Joplin Area Long Term Recovery Committee. Its goal was to help each survivor rebuild their life, by providing both physical and emotional needs.
"The projections have been that it would take five years to get our community back to some stability and for us to do it in two and a half years is more than fabulous," said Dr. White.
Today the LTRC celebrated the completion of its work.
"All of those cases that are related to the tornado have been taken care of, so it's our time to step down now," said Dr. White.
Many tears were shed, all by happy hearts.
"In the middle of that hurt and pain and chaos, I just depended on you while you depended on me and everything happened as it should and I just can't tell you how much I love every one of you," said Dr. White.
In the past two and a half years, the LTRC helped repair or rebuild more than 1,300 homes with the help of Americorps and Rebuild Joplin.
"Beyond my wildest dreams. We have a town again," said Dr. White.
The committee also partnered with the Ozark Center to provide more than 48,000 individuals with mental health services. The list of the LTRC's accomplishments is a long one- but to the members, each task was simply what needed to be done.
"Making sure those families who truly had needs were taken care of and I'm glad we could work together to do that," said Dr. White.
The committee is now stepping back to it's original entity- the Jasper County COAD or Community Organizations Active in Disasters. The group will be meeting quarterly to make sure Joplin is growing in the right direction.
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