Joy and tragedy struck simultaneously for the Tsangaris family; in the midst of their daughter's graduation day, the reckless tornado hit Joplin. Although they now reside in a trailer behind their home, they look positively toward the future.
Art provides a creative outlet of expression for people of Joplin. Bourne and Hines facilitate that. Working with local children, the two instill a progressive and artistic approach to a new Joplin in young minds.
Angels: not only a theme among many survivors' accounts, but a defining feature for Courtney's artwork. Her artwork inspires people to think differently about Joplin–as a memorial and as a hopeful, united community.
When disaster strikes, many consider the following: "What if this happened to me? How can I help those affected?" After hearing about the Joplin tornado, Papesh traveled from Chicago to aide the relief effort.
What happens when mail must be delivered to homes that no longer exist? Routes don't cease and mail continues to pour in. Siefert persevered through the physical and emotional wreckage, continuing to serve citizens of Joplin.
Another Chicagoan, Cordero came to Joplin as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Streets were nearly impossible to travel once he arrived, but nothing stopped him from building homes for those who lost everything.
Memorials exist in all sorts, but Witherspoon's interpretation of a Joplin memorial has striking permanence. Barren tree branches and unity of Joplin citizens sparked his idea for a design that shows the strength and perseverance of those impacted by the disaster.