Home Again

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 9:59am

Neighbors help woman who lost everything to a tornado rebuild.

For one Ringgold, Georgia woman the third time is the charm.

She will finally get her dream home after losing everything in an April tornado.

JoPearl Adams had lived in the same home for 47 years.

She rode out the storms safely inside a closet, but the dream home her sons were building next door was destroyed.

She quickly found out how generous members of her community could be.

The Ringgold grandmother received multiple donations.

The largest contribution was for $20,000, which came anonymously from a businessman.

Volunteers also helped her sons with construction.

Although it took longer than expected, the home JoPearl has been waiting is ready for moving day.

Monday is a special day for Adams. It's a day she's waited for much too long.

It took the single mom 27 years to save $30,000 for her new home.

Her sons used the money to build her the house she'd always wanted.

They were almost done with construction when the tornado leveled it.

Having never built a house before the family made a crucial mistake when they didn't buy construction insurance.

Adams was left with no means to rebuild, but it didn't take long for the community to step up.

"When I found out that her life savings were gone it broke my heart," says Ray Elliott.

Elliott and Adams didn't know each other in April, but now they have a family bond.

"God put a burden on my heart that I'll never forget," Elliott says. He decided he'd do whatever it takes to make Adams' dream come true and soon the volunteers and donations came pouring in.

"We completely framed the house, windows and everything for under $4,000," he says.

The Adams family had help from six churches, 10 construction companies and more than 100 volunteers.

Adams will use her new kitchen to bake dozens of holiday thank you cakes, but Elliott says the smile on her face is thanks enough.

"It has been a tremendous journey for me," Elliott says. "One I won't forget as long as I live."

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