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"The Kevins" use faith, hard work to rebuild homes in Henryville

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- One year after a tornado ripped through Henryville, Ind. -- leaving devastation in its wake -- there are two names that stand out when residents think of the countless volunteers who helped them rebuild.

Those names are Kevin Cox and his business partner, Kevin Moss.

The two men specialize in emergency or disaster recovery and repair -- and for the past year, they've called southern Indiana home, helping to get 262 families back into theirs.

"We have done things from the wildfires in California, to 9/11, to Katrina," Cox said. 

Cox founded the Hope Crisis Response Network in 1999, working hand-in-hand with faith-based groups like the Salvation Army. He coordinated a steady force of volunteers -- more than 10,000 from 28 states -- donating free labor to help rebuild and repair in southern Indiana.

"I was wondering what I was going to do, to live," said Ellen Smith, a tornado victim who only had $4,500 of insurance money. "They come down here and built me a house!"

"To be able to hand the keys to a family that has waited so long, it is the most amazing -- your heart just melts," Cox said. "The tears just flow. And you sleep really sound that night."

The Kevins have four more homes in the works right now, with 10 more to build before they plan to leave in August. But they are ever humble. They don't want any of the glory or the praise for this project.

"The words that I hear in my head are, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.'" Cox said.

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