Northridge Presbyterian Church members traveled to Joplin last month to aid recovery in the tornado-stricken town. Church member Sally Rodriguez grew up in Joplin. The group went to the street where her grandparents lived, but all that was left of their home was a garage her grandfather had built.

“Everything else was gone,” Rodriguez says.

The group of 16 spent one week in Joplin, working on a single house, repairing a back room and installing vinyl siding.

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