• Michael Firsich

Grant's House

Updated: Jan 27

Grant’s House honors the life of Grant Russell House, a Wabash Center employee who passed away at 25. He inspired the community to share his vision to create a place for young people to congregate. Having special needs himself, Grant’s goal was to create a space for people with similar disabilities.



With community support, Grant’s House became a reality in August 2019 after a 3.5 year capital campaign including a $2.4 million grant from North Central Services to be used towards the purchase and renovation of a former IU Health Arnett medical office building located at 1500 Salem Street in Lafayette.


Today, YOU can join Patcraft in raising funds for Grant’s House. Click here to DONATE. Every dollar counts. For as little as $5.00 you can be part of something big that helps to change the lives of those with special needs in Indiana.



All of the flooring featured in these images are Patcraft flooring products. Patcraft strives to help people transform experience and space. "We want to take our passions for community betterment and our deep relationships with customers into the areas in which we live, work and play." Click here to learn more.



“Working with Patcraft and Kathy DiBella was a creative journey. Flooring was a key priority for our project, and the design, functionality, color variety, and quality made the selection process fun and easy to navigate. Patcraft gifted our organization with youth friendly products and top of the line customer service. It was a pleasure to work with Kathy and her positive attitude and genuine support of our mission to provide the most inspiring spaces for those we serve at Grant’s House. It was a privilege to have Patcraft play such a vital role in our efforts to serve others in a space that sparks happiness through its unique designs.” - Maggie Jae Budreau, Activity Coordinator at the Wabash Center


Grant’s House provides after school and summer programming to children and young adults with special needs. Grant’s House features 21 rooms. Each cater to different communication and life skills, including a sensory room for kids with autism and a life skills room teaching youth how to cook and live on their own.




What are sensory activities? Sensory activities utilize sensory equipment that allows individuals who experience behavioral challenges to engage in therapeutic and self-soothing tasks. These tasks offer opportunities to enhance self-regulation skills, improve fine motor skills and stimulate creative play and learning.



You can join Patcraft in raising funds for Grant’s House to cover cost for sensory equipment like the life-sized Lite-Brite featured above. Click here to DONATE. Every dollar counts. For as little as $5.00 you can be part of something bit that helps to change the lives of those with special needs in Indiana.


What are sensory activities? Sensory activities utilize sensory equipment that allows individuals who experience behavioral challenges to engage in therapeutic and self-soothing tasks. These tasks offer opportunities to enhance self-regulation skills, improve fine motor skills and stimulate creative play and learning.



"I can't think of a project that has touched my heart more than Grant's House. It was a true blessing to work with Tamara House and her family, witness their drive to fulfill their mission, and watch their dreams become a reality. As a team, we carefully defined the needs of each space and incorporated the inspiration of Grant's story to achieve a design full of youthful energy and zest for life. Grant's House truly inspired me and was a refreshing reminder of my professional purpose - to make a difference in people's lives by enhancing their interior environment." - Kathy DiBella, Account Manager, Patcraft


Grant’s House is the first facility in Indiana that has both behavioral and clinical supports for children and young adults with special needs. Grant’s House is an expansion of the Wabash Center campus on Greenbush Street - less than a mile away.



Wabash Center is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt not-for-profit organization that has been optimizing the quality of life for those with disabilities or special needs, since 1953, by offering dozens of program and services including those mentioned above at Grant’s House.








Sources for this article include:

https://www.facebook.com/grantshouse54/

https://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Grants-House--493654471.html

https://www.jconline.com/story/news/2018/05/04/wish-granted-2-4-m-makes-grants-house-familys-tribute-reality/580773002/

https://www.wabashcenter.com/about-us


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