Sheridan family gets much needed special needs home - KOTA Territory News

Sheridan family gets much needed special needs home


There's plenty of room to move around in the Herberts' new home.

"She can situp at the table with us when we eat. She still can't eat but she can actually come up to the table. Doesn't seem like a lot, but when you try to be a family, that's a part of it, is, you know, the meal time," said Joleen Herbert.

Hilary Herbert was paralyzed in a car accident six years ago, and until this past September the family lived in a mobile home, and it was a lot tougher to get their quadriplegic daughter around.

"There just wasn't room to put all of her equipment that she had, plus all the equipment that we wanted to buy that would help her in her rehabilitation, we didn't have room to put it," said Joleen, Hilary's mother.

But thanks to support from the community and groups like Habitat for Humanity and Sheridan Rotary and Friends, the Herberts were able to move into this much more spacious home.

"We were able to raise between $120,000 and 130,000 for this house," said Matt Davis with Habitat for Humanity.

"The addition here was a special wing dedicated to Hilary, which includes her own bedroom, her own fully accessible bathroom that includes a roll-in shower for her wheelchair, and a therapy room," said Sandy Baird, a member of Sheridan Rotary and Friends and the home's architect.

The Herberts are grateful for all the support and Joleen says the new place is having a positive effect on Hilary and the whole family.

"She is beginning to make huge amounts of progress. And it is just incredible to see the things that she can do now," said Herbert.

The family and Sheridan Rotary invite the public to attend an open house from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday to show off what the community support was able to accomplish.

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