LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The wait is almost over! Grant's House is putting the final finishing touches on its new facility before opening doors to the public this Sunday.
"When someone comes in, whether you're a child or an adult, you automatically feel happy," said Tamara House, mother of Grant House.
I'm happy and I'm alive. That's what Grant House would say.
"Everyone knows someone like my brother Grant, and we can help them here at Grant's House," said Cooper House, Grant's Brother.
The new Grant's House is giving kids and young adults with special needs a safe place to learn and grow. It's all in memory of the kid who dreamed it first.
"Grant wrote a paper his senior year at McCutcheon [High School] and it was 'how I would change my community.' In that paper, he wrote that he would have a place for kids to make friendships and to grow," Tamara said.
Grant passed away at the age of 25 before making that change, so his family and community did it for him.
"We have been very blessed by this community over the last couple of years to raise 3.6 million [dollars] to provide this facility with Wabash Center," Tamara said.
After years of planning, Grant's House is finally opening its doors. The House family is inviting everyone to see the new space this Sunday.
"We want the entire community to come out," Tamara said. "Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your kids."
This project has been in the works for some time. You could say this house was built from the ground up.
"We were housed in a small church and we were renting space there," Tamara said.
But to make Grant's big vision a reality, a much larger space was needed.
"It's a 50,000 square foot building and it's all been raised with labor of love by our community," Tamara said. "We have a sensory room for kids with autism, we have an art room, a music room, a library, an emerging adults room, a rec room, a simulated apartment so that they can live on their own."
Cooper said he's so excited for the new families to come. "Grant's House is a beautiful building for the kids to come to."
But if you look behind all the books, the games and bright artwork that fills the walls, Cooper says his brother is there.
"Now when we walk around it kind of brings my brother back alive," he explained. "Or we see a pop tab that he always collected on the ground. I actually found one as we were walking in the doorway so that was pretty cool."
The celebration of the grand opening of Grant's House is Sunday, August 18th at 1500 Salem Street in Lafayette from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ribbon-cutting and balloon release is at 1:15 p.m. and the doors will open for the public shortly after.
Lafayette Bob Rohrman Subaru is giving away a 2019 Subaru Outback in Grant's Honor. Raffle tickets are being sold to benefit Grant's House. Tickets are available for purchase now, as well as at the grand opening event. Call 765-420-1454 to purchase tickets or click here for more information.