Julie lost her home in the 2011 Joplin Tornado, and like so many other people was displaced and had to purchase one of the first houses that became available. Julie was able to hire someone to make some of the repairs that needed to be done to her newly acquired home, but could not financially nor physically begin to bring the house up to a healthy living standard. Julie’s new windows were not installed properly, so her windows leaked, causing all kinds of issues and needless to say, Julie’s roof had seen better days!
Julie submitted an application for ESC’s Weatherization Program and the J-HRP Program, which is a program to help rebuild Joplin’s housing stock and encourage the resettlement of displaced homeowners following the Joplin disaster.
Julie’s application and approval process took some time to complete, but she and ESC’s staff never gave up. With the blooming of Julie’s beautiful flowers, her project began. Julie was very grateful to the ESC staff and the construction crew that worked on her house and she said, “There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to Mary Beth and all the personnel at Eonomic Security that made this possible. The construction workers that did all the work are very professional, polite, and very good at what they do.”
Julie said, “My house looks great and I feel safe and comfy in my house now with my cat Roxanne and my dog Bella, even when it’s storming outside. I am so lucky to have a
community and people that care. Without them, I probably would have been forced to find another place to live, but now I will be able to live here for years and years.”
Through all of Julie’s trials and tribulations, she always has a smile on her face and would end our conversations with “God is amazing, and He will meet my needs”.