Grant's House is under construction but Tuesday the building opened its doors to give the community a preview of the place.
The family of Grant Russell House is honoring his legacy with a house in his name. The House is located at the Wabash Center and will function as a place to service youth with special needs.
Having special needs himself, Grant's goal was to create a space for people with similar disabilities.Now that goal is a reality.
Tamara House, Grant’s mother says this facility was a goal Grant wrote about in a high school paper.
"He had written a paper in 2009 and the topic of the paper was how would you change your community. And Grant wrote his paper on, 'I want a place someday for kids to be able to come that have special needs and they could make friendships and they would just want to hang out together, forever," said House.
There are 21 rooms in the house and each cater to different communication and life skills.
"We're offering a rec room for the kids, we're offering a sensory room for kids with special needs that have autism. We are also having a life skills room that's teaching them how to actually cook on their own and live on their own and transition," said House.
The ultimate goal is to help the youth transition into working adults and to live on their own.
Jason McManus, Wabash Center's CEO, said the community was in need of a place like Grant's House.
"This is gonna be a really special place for kids who have disabilities to interact and for their families to come. And we are gonna bring them out into the community and also bring the community in here to partner with some of their natural supports out in the community, " said McManus.
McManus says the community is to thank for bringing Grant's House to life.
Each room in the house has a sponsorship where community members can donate. Grant's House is expected to open early next year.