“We called together builders, glass people, interior designers from our church to get this going,” Crenshaw said. “We took our idea of rebuilding this home to our pastor team and got the ball rolling.”
Clement said that with no money to build a $150,000 home from the ground up, a lot of things had to come together and a lot of donations had to happen to make it work. While the home was being constructed, the church will put the Grigsbys in an apartment and paid the rent while the pair got back on their feet. Clement said the church also be covering the bills for the first three years, so the Grigsbys can continue to get their lives back together.
Jenny Grigsby, a night forklift driver at CD Hartnett, was blown away by what had been done.
“I’ve been packing like crazy to be able to move in,” Jenny said while looking around her new home. “All we had was a bed frame and a coffee table from our old place. It doesn’t feel real yet. I’m sure it’ll sink in.”
Jenny said she had a chance to pick out colors for the home but really was unsure of the magnitude of what was being done. She hadn’t been inside the home for about two weeks before the unveiling.
Clement said nearly 100 volunteers had been at the house over the last few weeks making sure everything was perfect for the unveiling, thanks to the work of Doug and Carrie Boyd coordinating the large group.
While wellwishers mingled around the home, Austin Grigsby was out in the driveway riding his scooter. He said he was in love with his new place.