Matt’s Place Foundation to break ground on Ultimate ALS home in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — A state-of-the-art home designed to serve those struggling with ALS is finally coming to fruition here in Spokane.

Matt’s Place Foundation is ready to break ground on its second ALS “smart home” in the region.

It will be equipped with everything a person living with the disease will need to live a functional and independent life.

That’s why the foundation built the first in Coeur d’Alene and is finally breaking ground on one in Spokane on Thursday after three years of designing and planning.

The man behind it all is Matthew Wild, a former marine diagnosed with ALS in 2015.

ALS is a disease with no cure where a person’s control of their muscles shuts down over time.

Matthew and his wife, Theresa Whitlock-Wild, are now in the business of making life easier for other families that are burdened physically and financially by ALS.

“The idea of these houses is that they can live in this home with no mortgage or rent and so that offsets some of those costs and they can bring in outside help, such as a caregiver, so that relieves the caregiver burden placed on the loved one,” said Whitlock-Wild.

Just like the Coeur d’Alene home, the one in Spokane is expected to have state-of-the art technology that makes living and getting around less stressful for ALS patients who are physically limited from the disease.

Matthew Wild says this design is one the foundation hopes can be replicated and use to help others in years to come.

“Not only ALS, but the aging community, spinal cord injuries, other diseases,” said Wild. “So we think what we have here is like a magic formula to helping a lot of people around the country and making their lives a little easier.”

Matt’s Place wasn’t able to have in-person fundraisers this past year because of COVID and building material prices went up significantly, which set the groundbreaking back several months.

But thanks to in-kind donations of building materials and monetary donations from the community, everything came together.

The foundation is having a virtual groundbreaking ceremony on Facebook at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 20.

Applications also continue to be open for the Coeur d’Alene home as well as the one coming to Spokane.

An entire family can live there and rent is completely covered.

For more information, see the Matt’s Place Foundation website.

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