The Convoy of Hope Rolls into Joplin with Two Events in One Day

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Neighbors Help Neighbors Experience a Poverty-Free Day Along with Restore Fest 2012 an Outdoor Christian Music Festival

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After nearly a year of planning, a diverse group of hundreds of Joplin-area residents is preparing to host neighbors at what it hopes will be the first step on the path out of poverty. Local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits will host The Convoy of Hope, a community outreach event May 26 at Landreth Park, along with Restore Fest 2012, a family oriented concert to celebrate restoration and growth in the Joplin community. The Convoy of Hope welcomes hurting neighbors as honored guests to a “poverty-free day” and introduces them to local resources for long-term solutions to poverty. This community event is one of dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour of hope and help for the 46 million Americans currently living in poverty—the largest number on record.*

WHAT:    The Joplin community will host a day free from poverty, providing lasting solutions to real needs such as groceries, health fair, kids zone activities, haircuts, prayer time and spiritual guidance, family portraits, live entertainment with free lunch, followed by the Restore Fest 2012 event, which will feature Jordan Howerton Band, Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, KJ-52, Sanctus Real, Shonlock, Rhema Soul, Stars Go Dim, Andy Cherry and Anthem Lights. Tickets are available online at Proceeds go to benefit Convoy of Hope’s work in Joplin and around the world.

WHEN:             The Convoy of Hope Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon
                        Restore Fest 2012 Saturday, May 26, 2:00 p.m.—11:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Landreth Park – NW Murphy Blvd, Joplin, MO (Map)


  • Profile Joplin-area residents including volunteers committed to providing long-term assistance in their community
  • Interview local families benefitting from poverty-free day
  • Interview national leaders from The Convoy of Hope
  • Hi-res photos and video of national tour, press kit available at

WHO:     The Convoy of Hope, a 50-state tour, is organizing a Joplin-area committee of nonprofits, businesses, churches and government agencies by connecting a community’s needs with a community’s solutions for lasting change.

With an 18-year track record of serving 1.6 million Americans in poverty, The Convoy of Hope is now headed to all 50 states in a two-year, $50 million effort to unite communities to provide neighbors a poverty-free day and the first step on the path out of poverty.

Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based international humanitarian organization that has served 50 million hurting people in 100 countries since 1994. Through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing, Convoy of Hope has given away more than $272 million (wholesale value) in food and supplies and is a nine-time Charity Navigator Four-Star Award winner. The organization is based in Springfield, Mo.

MEDIA NOTE: Visit for press kit materials and high-res photos. For interview opportunities with Convoy of Hope experts, volunteers or “honored guests” who have been helped, contact Jeff Nene 417.823.8998 / 417.860.2196 mobile or Jeanne Hamilton 417.851.4424 / 417.860.4066 mobile.


*Associated Press, 2011

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