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JOPLIN, Mo. – Thursday marks the three-year anniversary of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri.

It's been four weeks since we reported that most of the money that the Salvation Army collected for Joplin relief still hasn't been spent.

The Salvation Army tells us they are very prudent with their funds and have committed them to long term rebuilding and have been in talks with Habitat for Humanity.

On Wednesday, NewsChannel 5's Casey Nolen traveled to Joplin and found frustration with the Salvation Army in a community that is still rebuilding.

Residents remember the Salvation Army on the ground, right after the tornado feeding people, and for several weeks cutting people checks to help in the recovery, but now a lot of people want to know why the help seemed to stop when there's still work to be done.

There are signs of progress right alongside scars in Joplin. And not all of them can be seen.

Chad Palmer dodged the deadliest tornado in decades three years ago. And now, like hundreds of other homes, his family members have rebuilt inside the path of destruction.

"But there's a lot of people like these people here across the street, they don't have the money to rebuild," said Palmer.

"We're not there yet. There's still quite a bit to do," said Thomas Corley.

Non-profits, like Rebuild Joplin agree there is more work to be done. This one organization has 70 homes on its schedule to repair or rebuild this year.

"There is a reality that it's becoming harder and harder to recruit the support that we need to run our program and to deliver services to individuals," said Corley.

So when word started to circulate that the Salvation Army still has millions of dollars in donations for Joplin siting in the bank, frustration started to build with many here.

"Why they're not helping these people that are struggling to rebuid?" said Palmer. "That's what that money was donated for."

Reporter: "Will this make you think twice about donating to the Salvation Army?"

"No. No. I think they do good with what they've got. But I think they just did not handle this well," said Palmer.

We have confirmed that high level leaders of the Salvation Army will be in Joplin Thursday. The rumor and the hope with a lot of non-profits is that there may be some kind of an announcement of a plan to spend more money, but the Salvation Army won't comment on what they are doing in town.

There are no major ceremonies planned for Thursday's anniversary.

Aerial view of Joplin tornado damage:

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Ground view of Joplin tornado damage - Part 1:

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Ground view of Joplin tornado damage - Part 2:

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