Two area families now have a home of their own.
The Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army teamed up to build two new homes in the 1600 block of Jefferson. The houses are part of an amount of money donated to the Salvation Army to be used for long term tornado recovery in the Joplin area. Jennifer Cates says she is excited to finally have a home of her own for her, her daughters and husband.
“We put in our application about two years ago,” Cates says. “We actually were referred to from a bank. We basically didn’t have any credit and so Habitat was able to help is out with that situation and point us in the right direction.”
These two homes are the 16th and 17th to be built in cooperation between the Joplin Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. The organizations still have five more to build. Cates was an employee of St. John’s Hospital at the time of the May 22, 2011 Joplin tornado.