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‘Extreme Makeover’ Helps Rebuild Joplin, Mo

October 27, 2011 by staff 

'Extreme Makeover' Helps Rebuild Joplin, Mo‘Extreme Makeover’ Helps Rebuild Joplin, Mo, Seven families whose houses were destroyed in the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, will have new homes on Wednesday, thanks to volunteer labor and donated materials and ABC’s “Extreme Makeover”.

The new houses were built in just seven days, all of Joplin on the same street as part of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” series. Program officials selected the seven families received new homes. They live in different parts of the city.

About 14,000 people, approximately one third of them skilled workers donated their time to build homes and offer other services during construction, said Sam Clifton, who oversaw the project as president of Millstone Custom Homes, based in Nixa, Missouri. Some of the participants lost their own homes, said Clifton.

The new house was first on Wednesday during “Good Morning America” ??on ABC, a show and the other six will be seen later in the day, a spokesman for the TV series.

The houses were built on foundations of homes destroyed by EF-5 tornado that destroyed some 9,000 homes and businesses and took 162 lives. The construction of seven homes in seven days required to put much faith in the teams, said Clifton.

“It was getting the right people and not micro-management,” said Clifton. “You have to let them do their own thing.”

The houses range from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet and was built to meet the needs of individual families, said Clifton.

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