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Joplin, Missouri

One year after the 2011 tornadoes



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

Read, ‘Every house…gets us closer’



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’



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’



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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‘You can see hope here’: One year after the 2011 tornadoes