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After The Storm: One Year Later

Volunteers at the heart of recovery in Dade County

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(WRCB) - The sights and sounds of progress still resonate in Dade County, Georgia, one year after the historic tornado outbreak.

Trenton Mayor Anthony Emmanuel is very proud of the progress. "It's been amazing, particularly when you take into account the energy and the organizations and the people who came together."

One of those organizations is D.O.A.D. - Dade Organization Acting in Disaster.

The small staff of less than five, with the help of people from all over the state and country, has repaired more than 100 damaged homes and almost rebuilt six.

Churches have fed and housed the volunteers.

Trenton United Methodist Church alone has served more than 13,000 meals to those who have made the trip to help, like Richard Towns. He was part of a group of 10 volunteers from Grace Church of the Islands in Savannah, Georgia.

"We're in a position where we can help. We can bring some money and things like that. So we feel good about helping them," said Towns.

Lisa Aaron has been on missions for eight years with the church, including trips to foreign lands. This time, she wanted to move her mission field a bit closer to home.

"I've been to Mexico and to Haiti doing mission work as well," said Aaron. "We're kind of focusing right now more locally."

Besides helping financially and spiritually, they used a lot of elbow grease to assist in one of the rebuilds.

Officials with D.O.A.D. said they hope to have all the rebuilds completed by mid-summer.

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