Catholic Charities helps rebuild Dawson Springs


DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) – Six months ago tragedy struck the small town of Dawson Springs, Kentucky. Since then, locals have been tasked with rebuilding what has been lost.

“I asked him if he needed anything and he said, no, I’m fine, I’m just here to guard the bodies,” Hopkins County Secretary of Recovery Tabatha Adams said.

Dawson Springs residents and first responders remember December 10 like it was yesterday.

“It’s the real thing that wakes up, when you walk in and see all the devastation and the damage,” said Hopkins County Emergency Management Assistant Director Jesse Bredlove.

FEMA estimated that more than 500 homes were lost as a result of the tornado.

“So a lot of people here in Dawson Springs need a lot of help,” Adams said.

Catholic Charities answered that call for help and have been working with Dawson Springs residents since the EF-4 tornado touched down.

“It’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life,” said case manager Vicki Duncan.

“It’s a good work environment, it’s busy, but we want to see our community get back to being better than it was before,” said social worker Lori Wooton.

The work of Catholic Charities directly benefits the people of Dawson Springs.

In the case of Anita Black, a resident of Dawson Springs, volunteers were there when she lost her home on December 10.

“And it was over so quickly, but as you relive those moments, and the sound and the sound of debris hitting the house, I don’t ever want to experience that again,” Black said.

According to Black, Samaritan’s Purse stepped in and helped clean up what was left of his home.

Volunteers who flocked to Dawson Springs paced the rebuilding.

Fast forward six months, and Black’s new home has a foundation.

“It’s been very humbling and a very eye-opening experience to go through all of this,” Black said.

Black, a member of the Hopkins County Recovery Board, has now seen both sides of the process.

She says watching her city rebuild and seeing her community come together is rewarding for her.

“Whether it’s still cleaning, or maybe repairs, or helping people trying to get furniture, trying to get things like that to rebuild their lives, it’s really gratifying,” Black said. “It’s wonderful to see how people work together.”

If you or someone you know is looking for financial assistance as a result of the damage caused by the tornado, you can get in touch with Catholic Charities at visit their website.

Hopkins County is always seeking donations for those struggling with recovery. If you would like to donate, you can find out more by calling their office at 270-821-8294.

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