As the Ten for Joplin team completes construction of the homes being built for tornado-impacted families, plans are under way to hand over the keys to home ownership during a public dedication ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. central time Saturday, Nov 19, at the intersection of E. 22nd St. and S. Kentucky Ave. in Joplin. Parking is available at E. 20th St. and Iowa Ave. and E. 23rd and Grand Ave.
The project is a partnership between Tulsa and Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity teams, the City of Joplin, surrounding businesses and organizations, and thousands of volunteers to rebuild Joplin after an EF-5 tornado hit the town on May 22.
“We wanted to help our neighbors, to do what we know how to do,” said Paul Kent, executive director of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity. “We have found though that we have been blessed and the honor has been all ours. Thank you, Joplin, for allowing us to help rebuild a part of your city.”
In addition to a community developer sponsorship from the Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program, companies sponsoring houses are The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Arvest Bank, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Chase, Hilti, Samson and T.D. Williamson, Inc. Organizations that have signed on to sponsor a half house include Advanced Industrial Devices, Inc., Commerce Bank/William T. Kemper Foundation, Helmerich & Payne, Unit Corporation and Valley National Bank. Other major contributors include Asbury United Methodist Church, Bank of Oklahoma, Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Home Depot Foundation, The Mary K. Chapman Foundation and Williams.
Companies donating gifts in-kind include Thermal Windows, Turner Roofing, TAMKO Building Products and numerous others.
To find out more about the project and see photos of the progress, go to the website at www.tenforjoplin.org.