Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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October 21, 2013

Two Moore families get new homes after storm



She came to Riverlife because she saw them serving warm meals. She started talking with a volunteer, Cathy Carpenter, who introduced her to pastor Greg Garvie.

Garvie said plans were not totally in place for the homes when he met Evans, but he really felt she was a good candidate. He used church funds to secure temporary housing, and they waited to get word from the pit crew board of directors.

Saturday, all of those who had helped Evans earlier were there to celebrate her as she took possession of her new home.

An hour later the neighbors moved in. Again an SUV rolled up and the Rogers family emerged from the vehicle. “Move that truck” echoed through the neighborhood and the family got to see their new home.

When the family returned from the walk-through of their new home the emotions were raw.

“This is the biggest blessing,” said dad George Rogers. “Everybody gets tested, but somebody is there to watch out for you.”

Garvie had picked the Rogers from among other families that he had interviewed and recommended to the pit crew board of directors.

The pit stop team arrived in Moore on Oct. 1. In less than 19 days they built two new homes with the help of 80 volunteers and mostly donated materials.

“On Oct. 2 all we had was a slab of concrete,” said Al Robey, a God’s Pit Crew member.

The homes were built concurrently. A tall order, but the team got it done.

“To see Michelle’s face this morning makes it all worth it,” he said.

This was the team’s second visit to Moore. They had arrived only days after the tornado and helped with debris cleanup, delivered materials and made repairs.

It became clear that the team wanted to return and build homes for Moore.

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