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'Ten for Joplin' families get keys to new homes

November 19, 2011|Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News | areynolds@ky3.com

JOPLIN, Mo--  Nearly six months after the tornado struck, ten families are beginning a new chapter in the recovery process.

Habitat for Humanity's Ten for Joplin project wrapped up with a dedication ceremony.

It took a little more than two weeks to build the homes with more than three thousand volunteers.

Each family was introduced to the crowd.Every family has a very compelling story including one young man now raising his three children alone because his wife died in the tornado.

You might recall the Walker family. We first introduced to you to them a few weeks ago. Tyler graduated from high school on May 22nd. The family never made it home from the ceremony.
Families got to cut the ribbon and use their keys for the first time to go into their new home.

"It means a lot. We are so thankful.  I tell you what, don't ever think God can't do nothing," said Michelle Hale, mother of Tyler and Trevor Walker.

A big surprise announcement was made at the ceremony. In the ten families, there are 24 children. Those children, are getting a four year scholarship to attend Missouri Southern State University. College officials say they want to lend a hand to these families and encourage them to stay and grow in the Joplin area.

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