Homeless Couple Given Tiny Home On Christmas Eve

tiny home-NBC-15vidFor many couples, living together in a 96-square-foot house would be a challenge. But for Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra, it’s a Christmas miracle.
That’s because Derrick and Ybarra have spent the better part of a year braving Madison, Wisconsin’s often-harsh climate without a roof over their head.
They’ll spend this Christmas in their own home, thanks to more than 50 volunteers who spent the past year on an innovative and audacious plan to fight inequality in the state’s capital: build tiny homes for the homeless.
The group hopes to have ten tiny homes completed by the end of 2014, and are working on finding a place for them to stay, says WMTV.
(WATCH the video below from NBC-TV or READ the story at Popular Resistance)

GreenTown to Present in Moore at REBUILD Expo

AuthorCatherine Hart Posted on DateFriday, July 26, 2013 at 3:30PM

Greensburg GreenTown and GreenTown Joplin were asked by the City of Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability to help with the REBUILD Expo on Saturday, August 3 in Moore. We've assisted with putting together the agenda and offering suggestions for the event, which is free and open to the public. If you know folks in Oklahoma who might benefit from the Expo, please share the program info with them.   
A delegation of four from Joplin will staff an informational table and will make presentations: Willy Crane, a green building expert and home energy rater; Frank Schaffer, a builder whose family lost their home in the Joplin tornado and who has rebuilt a house that is a durable model of energy efficiency; Andrew Whitehead, Chair of GreenTown's advisory group; and Catherine Hart, General Manager of GreenTown Joplin and Co-Founder of Greensburg GreenTown.
Expo organizers have assembled two dozen exhibitors who will be on hand with free informational materials for homeowners. (The expo is educational in nature rather than being a commercial venue.) In addition, there will be consultants on hand (architects, green building consultants, energy efficiency experts, etc.)  to meet with folks one-on-one to answer questions about their individual rebuilding needs. GreenTown is also preparing new handouts on the topics of: How to Find a Green Builder, Low- and No-Cost Sustainable Building Strategies, and Incentives.
The Expo will run from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Presentations will get underway at 11 a.m. and will include information about improving a home's durability and energy efficiency, water quality concerns, how to select a  homebuilder and an architect, insurance issues, personal stories of recovery from Greensburg, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri, and other pertinent topics. The agenda  lists speakers and their time slots.  
Program content has been to tailored assist people who are rebuilding in areas affected by the May storms, but the Expo is open to anyone who is considering building a home and wants to learn how to do so with energy efficiency and durability in mind.    
GreenTown looks forward to doing whatever we can to assist with the recovery of the good folks of Moore, Oklahoma City, and the other Oklahoma communities affected by tornadoes last spring.  
Saturday, August 3 - Expo - 9:00 am-3:30 pm - Presentations - 11:00-3:30 pm
Westmoore High School, 12613 S Western Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK
City of Oklahoma City Office of Sustainability
Jennifer Gooden, Director, (405) 297-3686
T.O. Bowman, Program Coordinator, (405) 297-3168

Greensburg GreenTown
Daniel Wallach, Executive Director, (620) 388-5558
Catherine Hart, General Manager GreenTown Joplin, (620) 549-3752
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Tornado-Themed Artwork Exhibit Helping People of Joplin Heal and Rebuild Spirit

CNN PRODUCER NOTE     HeleneSJ produced this video feature on the Spiva Center for the Art's exhibit 'On the Other Side,' open until November 6, in Joplin, Missouri. Greg Hall and Liz Brownback contributed in the production of this video. - elchueco, CNN iReport producer
I am honored and proud to have put this piece together.  It’s a great human interest story that transcends...even if you don’t live in tornado territory.
George A. Spiva Center for the Arts' "On the Other Side" tornado-themed exhibit features various styles of artwork including some made from tornado debris.

"On the Other Side," was designed to allow art to contribute to Joplin's healing process for both the artists who created the pieces on display and the many coming to view the unique exhibit.

The Storms of Life

When the storms of life roll in, where does your strength come from? Who do you turn to when everything spins out of control? You will have seasons of life that are stormy; watch this video for a reminder of who gives you your strength.


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