Long-Term Recovery Comittee Wrapping Up

Long-Term Recovery Comittee Wrapping Up

The Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committe is ending its mission after helping thousands of people recover from the May 22nd tornado.
JOPLIN, MO---"As of today we have helped over 1,200 families in the Jasper County area, Jasper and Newton County area return back home," says Long-Term Recovery Committee Chairperson Renee White.

After helping thousands recover from the May 2011 tornado, officials with the Long-Term Recovery Committee is almost complete.

"We have 17 families left that we are working with," White says.

Nearly half of those cases are through Catholice Charities of Southern Missouri.

"We're down to about six households right now that are waiting on their homes to be built," says Catholic Charities Supervisor Kathy Welch.

Catholic Charities will continue its mission in Joplin, offering financial and emotional counseling and rental assistance to qualified families.

"Didn't have a whole lot of resources but everybody chipped in and everybody shared their resources and it's been great, it's really helped a lot of people," Welch says.

And as the need is becoming less, it's time for the Long-Term Recovery Committee to end, but not before helping thousands of people when they needed it the most.

"And I've never seen this kind of grit and determination and gifts and kindness and heartfelt compassion that has been bestowed upon us," White says.

The last Long-Term Recovery Committee meeting will be held on October 24th at 2 PM at City Hall and the public is invited to attend. 

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