Grand opening welcomes Grant's House

There are nearly 3500 kids in the Greater Lafayette community that have special needs. Today there was a grand opening of a new facility just for them.

Posted: Aug 18, 2019 9:04 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2019 9:07 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It's the start of something new and it's making a difference in Greater Lafayette. A grand opening was held for Wabash Center Grant's House Sunday. It's a place where every kid with special needs can feel special.

"Kids with special needs aren't just special," said Grandfather to Grant House, Dennis O'Brien. "They're people just like we are. Everybody needs a friend. Everybody needs a place to go."

It all started with 26-year-old Grant House. He was a young man with special needs who impacted everyone he met. Grant died on Dec. 3, 2015, but his legacy will live on.

With the help of the community, the House family was able to turn $40,000 into $3.6 million.

"This has been a long process," said O'Brien. "But getting to today is what Grant always wanted to happen."

Grant's mother, Tamara House, said this facility will give kids a home away from home.

"Today is truly a celebration," said House. "It's a celebration of our son's life. But a celebration of so many other young children's lives and young adult lives that are going to affected by Grant's House."

Grant's House is 50,000 square feet and it is an after-school get away with more than 40 rooms. Each room has a different theme, including a sensory room that changes colors for relaxation, and a simulated apartment that will help teach kids how to be independent. 

"So kids are coming from all over," said House. "From TSC, LSC and all of them are heading here after school. So the energy and synergy have started."

Tamara said this will give everyone a chance to help change someone's life.

"We all know someone like Grant and everyone can reach out to a friend or a family member and direct them towards Grant's House," said House. "Because it's going to be a place full of life, full of setting goals."

Grant's House has started already welcoming kids after school.

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