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Tornado Victims Come Home for the Holidays

Devastation is what last June’s tornado left in the city of Springfield. Juan Guerrero knows it all too well, because he lost his wife in the storm.

“My wife is not here anymore, but we are going to survive.”

Today marks a new chapter for the Guerrero family and the other families who struggled after the June 1st  tornado.

Four families assembled at Springfield’s Trinity United Methodist Church for a dedication ceremony for their new houses.

After the tornado left them homeless, Habitat for Humanity stepped in to help.

Executive Director Jennifer Schimmel says it was just the right thing to do. “We just pulled the trigger and said we have to do this. So for us to know we’re finally at the stage where they’re gonna move in, is heaven for us.”

Community members volunteered their time, as well as the new homeowners. Because the put in the “sweat equity” their mortgage will carry a 0% interest rate.

The families say they didn’t just gain a new home, but new family members as well.

“We support each other as much as we can, talk to each other and be there for each other. It’s nice that you’re not standing alone. It’s a lot of people around, people that care.”