Standing in her new home in Moore, Jamie Baker can’t hide her smile.
“I’m excited to cook in my new kitchen,” Baker said. “We may even have family dinners now.”
Baker’s home was destroyed on May 20, 2013 after a powerful and deadly EF5 tornado moved through Moore. She survived the tornado by seeking refuge in her daughter’s closet, a location she would later call her “angel spot”.
“Emotions have been a roller coaster,” she said. “I’m ready for a new normal.”
The American Red Cross stepped in and immediately helped her with her emergency needs like food, water and shelter. Weeks later, the Red Cross helped connect her with a case worker through the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project. Thanks to her case worker, she was able to get her home rebuilt on the exact same spot a little over a year later.
“It’s been lots of ups and downs,” she said. “I never thought it would get here.”
The Bakers moved into their home in early August, just in time for the start of the new school year in Moore. The rebuild of the Baker’s home would not have been possible without the kindness of donors and agencies like the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and Convoy of Home working together.
"We've made so many new friends and the people of the Red Cross and Catholic Chairites have been great," she said. "They told me, 'we're here for you' and they were."
The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project remains active across all May 2013 tornado affected communities. Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is a collaboration of case management through American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, The Oklahoma United Methodist Church and Church of the Harvest, other nonprofit organizations, government, nongovernment, church and civic organizations in partnership with the United Way of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.