By Roger McKinney
Argle Price on Monday was a step closer to being in a new home.
Rebuild Joplin held a ceremonial groundbreaking for Price’s new house at Hill Street and School Avenue.
Price met with building planners, Rebuild Joplin officials and officials with Boyd Metals before the ceremony.
“Thank you all very, very much,” Price told them.
“It’s been a very rewarding thing for us,” said Audie Dennis, vice president and general manager with Boyd Metals. Boyd has donated $50,000 to Rebuild Joplin toward two houses, and Boyd workers also are volunteering their time on the projects. A previous home on which the company worked with Rebuild Joplin was turned over to the family in December.
Price lived in a house a block and a half from the Dillons grocery store when the May 22, 2011, tornado struck, destroying the house. The store also was destroyed. Price said it was painful for him to recount his tornado story. He is now living in an apartment.
He said he is excited about the idea of moving into his new place in about four months. Planners talked with him about preliminary details after the ceremony.
“This community has done a phenomenal job of rebuilding,” said Jerrod Hogan, director of Rebuild Joplin. He added that the work is far from complete.
“There are still folks who were impacted by the storm who aren’t back in their homes,” he said.
On Monday, volunteers from Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa were working on Rebuild Joplin homes. Hogan said local volunteers also are welcome.
“It takes two things to rebuild homes,” Hogan said. “It takes volunteers and it takes donations.”
Dennis said that in his brief talk with Price, he realized that the company picked the right type of person to help with a new home. Dennis said the company is fortunate to be able to team up with Rebuild Joplin.
JERROD HOGAN, Rebuild Joplin director, said Mennonite volunteers in about a month would begin work on the foundation of Argle Price’s house. The house is expected to be finished within about three months of their start.