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MOORE, Okla. - The past year has not been easy for hundreds of families, rebuilding from the May 20th tornado.

Recently, a major milestone was made, as another Moore, Okla. family moved back home.

It was a homecoming made possible through the generosity of kindness and strangers.

NewsChannel 4′s Lance West was there as this family begins a whole new chapter.

Like so many others, Jamie Baker had nowhere to hide May 20th.   She dove into a bedroom closet, held on for dear life and prayed.

“All of the sudden, thousands of jet engines were coming at me. and the sound of nails ripping out of plywood. All around me, boards, hitting me and piling on top of me. All I could do was pray I made it through,” said Jamie Baker.

Jamie and her daughter, Kaylee both survived … but their Moore home was flattened.

“It really looked like the end of the world,” she said.

Insurance didn’t cover all their losses. But several agencies, including the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and Convey of Hope stepped in to fill the financial gap.

Today,  the Bakers are dedicating their brand new home.

Volunteers built this home on a sturdy foundation with some special touches.

They are grateful for new beginnings. And the team of friends, family and strangers who made it all possible.

Jamie and Kaylee Baker still have some packing to do and are waiting on some new furniture.

Their first order of business, a backyard BBQ with friends and family who have helped them survive the last 14 months.