Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope Aids in Joplin Rebuild
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Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope Aids in Joplin Rebuild

by Joyce Meyer Ministries - posted May 21, 2012

  • Joplin resident will receive the keys to her newly constructed disaster-resistant home
  • Key ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 22 at 11:15am just northeast of the Irving Elementary School


Expectant residents of Joplin, MO will gather tomorrow, May 22nd, on the anniversary of the tornado that swept through the city, and one local homeowner will be given the keys to her newly constructed disaster-resistant home. Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope, in partnership with Convoy of Hope, has rebuilt this home for Helen Owen after the 2011 tornado ripped apart her former residence. A key ceremony will take place at 11:15am at this newly constructed home, and will be followed by other activities that will honor the one-year anniversary of the tornado.

Joyce Meyer Ministries Hand of Hope, in partnership with Convoy of Hope, has been on the ground in Joplin since the May 22 tornado, and has funded the rebuilding of Helen Owen's home, as well as the future home of another Joplin resident. "We're honored to come alongside Convoy of Hope to fully fund the building of two homes," says David Meyer, CEO of Hand of Hope. "The homes are built using a new type of forming system, which can withstand 200 mph winds, and make the homes extremely energy efficient."

Helen Owen has lived in Joplin since 1957 and says her only desire is to finally be able to go back home. Her one request for her new house was to leave the slab where her garage once sat. "I plan to make that into a patio for the kids," states Owen. "All of the holidays are a big deal at my house. They all come and Grandma cooks."

Tuesday's ceremony takes place at 11:15am at Owen's new home located at 2528 S. Bird Ave, Joplin, MO, just a few blocks northeast of the Irving Elementary School groundbreaking.

About Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions

Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM) is an international nonprofit organization utilizing media to reach a potential audience of 4.5 billion people. Through its outreach arm, Hand of Hope, JMM impacts the world, providing life-changing global humanitarian and missions relief. In 2011, JMM provided over 31 million meals to support feeding centers in 32 countries and free medical care to over 267,000 people in multiple remote areas. JMM operates 39 children's homes globally and provides disaster, missions and humanitarian aid as well. JMM also operates the Dream Center, an inner-city church and outreach center in North St. Louis. For more information, please visit

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