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Local Veteran Gets Keys to New Home

The City of Medford presented local veteran William Verschoor with the keys to his new home Wednesday.

Posted: May 23, 2018 11:04 AM
Updated: May 23, 2018 6:10 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The City of Medford presented local veteran William Verschoor with the keys to his new home Wednesday.

The City of Medford, Hayden Homes, First Story and several other partners came together to make the new home possible.

Sam Barnum, City of Medford Building Safety Director, said Verschoor's previous home was deemed 'uninhabitable' by the building department when a tree fell on it.

"We didn't have a lot of options, we had to figure out, either evict him and walk away or have that opportunity in life that you can make a difference," Barnum said. 

With the help of Hayden Homes, First Story and many other community groups, they built the new home from the ground up.

Shane Johnson, Regional Director For Hayden Homes, said everything used to build the home was donated.

"Windows are donated, landscaping is donated, carpets, appliances, countertops. Everybody just kind of came together and made something really special happen," Johnson said. 

The City says Verschoor has lived in his home for 42 years. 

The new building is the first built locally to support a U.S. military veteran. 

Barnum said it was a great experience to watch Verschoor enter the home for the first time.

"It proves how great this community really is because it's just everybody working together to make a difference in someone's life and a lot of times you don't get that opportunity," Barnum said. 

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