JOPLIN, Mo. (AP)- Amid the thousands of volunteers who have helped rebuild Joplin since last year’s devastating tornado is a group that helps residents recover their emotional health.

They are members of a program called Healing Joplin, which trains volunteers to seek out and listen to people struggling with post-disaster anxiety.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) the volunteers are known by the bright blue shirts they wear. Since last June, about one month after the tornado that left 161 people dead, they’ve been knocking on doors and handing out fliers seven days a week offering assistance with emotional healing.

Healing Joplin workers have spoken to more than 28,000 people so far, including repeat visits with some families. The volunteers say their job is largely to help residents realize their responses to the disaster are normal.

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