JOPLIN, Mo. — The emotional storm following the May 22 tornado presents its own challenges for Joplin:
Domestic abuse in Joplin up 44%, landlords raising rent because of short supply, good honest survivors of the storm ripped off from crooked contractors.
Joplin's Catholic Charities office has seen 9,500 clients since the May tornado.
"We want to get them back to where they were before the tornado," Kathy Welch with Catholic Charities said.
But instead of just offering rent money, clothes and food, organizations are introducing clients to lawyers.
"There's a lot of problems," attorney Zach Tusinger said. "It's not as simple as putting your life back together and buying new things; there's things with titles and legal issues."
Tusinger, fellow attorney Jamie Rodriguez and paralegal Jaime Farrill-Blood sit on the second floor of the old Federal Courthouse in Joplin. They work through Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri; taking only tornado-related cases. Their salary is provided from an Americorps grant, administered by Equal Justice Works.