Hit-and-run victim receives new home built to his needs

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. - For the last year and a half, Zack Mohs has lived in hospital rooms and now a group home in Golden Valley.

Mohs, who grew up in South St. Paul, was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in September of 2012. On top of treating his serious brain injury, doctors were forced to amputate Mohs' left leg above the knee.

"I just remember it being really cold that night. I don't remember much else" said Mohs.

His mother, Cheryl Young, sought to create a home that was built for her son's needs.

Young purchased a lot in South St. Paul and started the initial work on the house. Facing mounting hospital bills, Young reached out to local businesses and non-profits for help.

Builders Association of Twin Cities and Rebuilding Together of Twin Cities partnered together to modify Zack's new home to his needs.

"What inspired us when Cheryl called us was just her determination and her tenacity to get her son back living independently," said Kathy Greiner, executive director of Rebuilding Together Twin Cities.

Local businesses have donated a refrigerator and roll-on appliances to Zack's new home.

"He'll see what it means to have his family back, have his dogs back, have his mom back living with him," said Greiner.

The house features wide hallways, sliding doors, and will have a basement gym where Mohs can work on his physical therapy.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for Saturday. It will be the first time Zack can enter his new home.

"It's mainly just onward and upward and getting better. I'm just so thankful for getting that house. It's really awesome," said Mohs.

Rebuilding Together in the Twin Cities will be celebrating their 16th year anniversary. On average, the non-profit helps 100 needy families a year, by providing free home repairs, which can include electric work and plumbing.

The organization needs skilled and/or unskilled volunteers willing to donate their time. If you wish to donate money or construction materials to the organization, log on to Rebuilding together's website . To look at future home projects, log on to barnraisings.com


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