MEDFORD, Ore. -- William Vershoor has lived at the same place in Medford for 42 years, but after this tree fell onto his home not too long ago, he thought he would have to live on the streets until the Medford community got involved.
"I didn't get a chance to serve and so when someone who did needs a hand, I think it's our job to do that,” said the Regional Director for Hayden Homes, Shane Johnson.
Vershoor is getting an entire new house.
"It's a worthy project to help a veteran have more than just shelter. He'll have a home now so that's important," said Mayor of Medford Gary Wheeler.
Vershoor said he is shocked and overwhelmed that the community would want to help him when he is so used to helping other people. Everyone involved in the project got to help raise the first two walls to Vershoor’s home and write a few words of encouragement and tell him ‘Thank you for your service.’
"It gives me a great since of pride because the community has come together so as mayor you see the community come together to do something like this. That's really an important fact that people sometimes miss that this is a great community and we do come together to do things," Mayor Gary Wheeler added.
Hayden Homes expects to be able to hand over the keys to Vershoor on May 23rd at 1:30PM.