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Joplin, Missouri

One year after the 2011 tornadoes

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Outsiders might still see damage, but most people here see tremendous progress and endless possibilities.

Read, ‘Every house…gets us closer’

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Anita Stokes had made the last mortgage payment on her house two weeks before the tornado destroyed it.

Read her story, ‘Now I want to help somebody else’

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Thomas and Samantha Short counted themselves among the lucky ones after a monster tornado hit their hometown.

Read their story, ‘They know this is their house’

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Amber and Ethan Millard huddled in a closet with their two small sons and the family dog as the tornado reduced their apartment complex to rubble.

Read their story, ‘This will be a safe place’

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