Dresden storm victim sees new home for first time

DRESDEN, Tenn. – After all hope was lost, a tornado victim in Dresden was brought back to life on Wednesday.

“I came out of homelessness, and these people gave me shelter and gave me my life back,” said Cathy Gallimore, who lost her home in the devastating December 2021 tornadoes.

Without home insurance to rebuild, she feared her home would be permanently destroyed.

“Sitting here in this chair, when I look out the window, I see the same neighbors and the same courtyards. The same cars go by and it’s amazing to be home,” said Gallimore.

The organization, God’s Pit Team The restored Gallimore home, along with several other homes, was destroyed by the tornadoes.

Gallimore says there was almost nothing left of his old home, except for one thing.

Cathy Gallimore sees her new home in Dresden

“When the tornado hit, the door was in pieces downstairs. But they put it all together, took it out and had it restored and were able to put it in this house,” Gallimore said.

In addition to restoring the gate, those involved in the reconstruction filled the house with photos of Gallimore’s loved ones to make it feel like home.

And she says she can already consider celebrating the holidays. And it wouldn’t have been possible without God’s Pit Crew.

“I didn’t think we were going to be able to do this this year, but thanks to all of you, I’m able to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas this year at home. I’m so grateful to each and every one who volunteered. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible for me today,” Gallimore said.

Gallimore says she’s excited to start making memories in her new home. She adds that she was overwhelmed by the love and support she received.

God’s Pit Crew livestreamed Gallimore’s first visit to his home. You can watch it on Facebook here.

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