A community in Oregon came together to help a teen who was paralyzed in an accident by building him a 500-square-foot handicap accessible tiny home. When Dan Hill, an architect at Arbor South Architecture in Springfield, heard about 16-year-old Ethan Gillaspie being paralyzed after a tree trimming accident, he knew life was going to be difficult for the teen. “We just knew that their existing home wasn't adequate for his ability to maneuver the house," Hill says. So he and a group of volunteers decided to do something to help out.
Working closely with Ethan and his parents, Hill organized a team of organizations, businesses, and individuals, who donated their time, money and supplies to help design and build a new home for Gillaspie. "They're just the most wonderful family," Hill says. "They're just humble and grateful, and they were open to our ideas and just wanting to help where they could help, too."
The home is full of features that will make it possible for Ethan to get around and take care of himself in his wheelchair. Dozens of volunteers labored for six months to complete the project, which is just a short distance from Ethan’s parents home. This past Friday, Ethan received the keys to his new home designed just for him.