Convoy of Hope to Hand Over Keys to Storm-resistant Home in Joplin on Anniversary of Tornado

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Homeowner to receive keys to new innovative home in support of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA Guidance on disaster resilience

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One of a dozen Joplin families who have not had a place to call home in nearly a year will receive the keys to their new disaster-resistant, energy-efficient, universally designed home with the help of international relief organization Convoy of Hope.

What: Convoy of Hope is partnering to build storm-resilient, universal design, “green” homes for deserving families to move “home” just in time for the one-year anniversary of the tornado—May 22, 2011.

When:     Key ceremony and press availability will take place on May 22, 2012 11:15 a.m. This presentation will take place immediately following the Irving Elementary School groundbreaking. The home is located just a few blocks northeast of the school groundbreaking site.

Where: 2528 S. Bird Avenue; Joplin, MO

Media Opportunities:
§ Interview new homeowner Helen Owen who will be receiving the keys to her new home.
§ Interview Convoy of Hope’s Jeff Nene who can provide insight into the rebuilding effort and goal to give the families displaced by the tornado a new lease on life.
§ Interview George Van Hoesen of Global Green Building LLC the home’s general contractor.
§ Interview Paul Lais of T.F. Concrete Forming Systems, account manager.
§ Interview with Federal and State Emergency Management Officials.
§ Hi-res photos and b-roll will be available. To receive a copy, contact Jeanne Hamilton at 417-851-4424 or jhamilton(at)convoyofhope(dot)org.

Who:         In partnership with the Global Green Building, Project Safe Home, T.F. Concrete Forming Systems and Joyce Meyer Ministries—Hand of Hope, Convoy of Hope is embarking on a mission to help build at least a dozen storm-resilient, universal design, “green” homes for deserving families in Joplin.

Convoy of Hope and its community partners are constructing homes that emphasize protections against strong winds, allow aging in place, and promote environmental efficiencies. These partners are coordinating efforts with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide guidance on other future “resilient” constructions. These new high-tech, low-energy buildings are specially designed with reinforced concrete walls and other innovations to be sturdier and more sustainable than traditional houses.
Convoy of Hope was on the scene in Joplin within hours of the May 22, 2011 tornado and has provided more than 3 million pounds of food, water and supplies to help the community get back on its feet.

Special Note:

In addition, Convoy of Hope’s founder, Hal Donaldson, will be the keynote speaker at the Day of Unity ceremony immediately following the Unity Walk. The ceremony will be held in Cunningham Park beginning at 5:00 p.m.

About Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through international children's feeding initiatives as well as disaster response, partner resourcing, and U.S. community outreaches. Since 1994, Convoy of Hope, a Charity Navigator Four Star Award-winner, has helped more than 50 million people in some 100 countries and has given away more than $254 million wholesale value in food and supplies.

Jeff Nene
Convoy of Hope / Senior Director/Public Relations -- Public Relations Officer
O-417.823.8998 Ext. 360

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