ALS foundation moves first family into new "smart home"

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Matt's Place Foundation, a local non-profit established to aid patients and families diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is excited to welcome the first family to move into the inaugural Matt's Place House.

The project is a cooperative endeavor between Matt’s Place Foundation and the North Idaho Building Contractors Association (NIBCA) Past Presidents.

The Matt’s Place House is a “smart home” built with the specialized needs of ALS patients in mind and was built and paid for entirely from donated funds, materials and skilled labor from the local community.

Matt’s Place founder Matt Wild said, “I can’t tell you how excited we all are to see our vision come to life, and to see a local family affected by ALS move into this house designed to make their lives better. We’re incredibly grateful to all the amazing people who made this possible, especially the NIBCA Past Presidents and the NIBCA membership that provided much of the labor and materials needed to complete the build.”

A lifelong Coeur d’Alene resident and USMC veteran, Matt Wild was diagnosed with ALS in February of 2015. Since that time, he and his wife, Theresa Whitlock-Wild, founded Matt’s Place Foundation to help families with the heavy financial burden of living and caring for someone with ALS.

With the generous assistance of volunteers and continuing support from the community, Matt’s Place has been able to help 16 local families since 2015. They plan to continue assisting those with ALS through the foundation as well as advocating and educating about the disease.

All donors and volunteers, especially NIBCA members and builders, are invited to meet at the Matt’s Place House located at 3269 N LaDalia Drive in Coeur D’Alene at noon on Friday, November 17, to watch Matt hand over the keys to the house to its new occupants.

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