Rebuild Joplin : Highlights from EMHE • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer - Catherine Rhodes Photography | Wedding and Lifestyle Portrait Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St Louis, and Destinations World Wide



January 14, 2012

Rebuild Joplin : Highlights from EMHE • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Our time in Joplin was emotional and full of joy! To see a community being rebuilt was a once in a lifetime experience! Extreme Makeover Home Edition surprised the wonderful people of this community with not only a new neighborhood but the hope for a beautiful new future. These seven families, that have already lost so much from loved ones to homes, have a chance to rebuild what has been lost, and there is not enough words in the dictionary to say thank you for that!

It was an honor to have a chance to not only visit Joplin and photograph a few of the families affected by the tornado last year, but a few months ago at the wrap of the show, myself along with a few other wonderful photographers from the Missouri area had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful houses from Extreme Makeover Home Edition on ABC at their completion! It was amazing to see these works of art, from the lovely designs to the personal touches, including the so important storm shelter, not a single detail was missed. I look forward to my next visit to Joplin, here’s to the hope for a beautiful and bright future for the Joplin community!

A huge thank you goes out to Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the Designers of ABC for the amazing work and time spent on the lovely homes above! Also I’d like to send a thank you out to the 12k+ volunteers that helped make this show happen. With your time, effort, and selflessness big things like this can be accomplished!


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  1. Lyndsey says:

    Beautiful! It was a crazy episode with lots of tears. You’re so lucky to have been a part of it!

  2. Jana Atkinson says:

    WOW! Love that. You are very lucky to be apart of that… what beautiful homes and decorations… Lyndsey is so right… Lots of tears! My husband and I were trying to hold it together~

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