Jim and Denise Ipsen
The Ipsen family's home had been decaying for years. The disabled veteran and his disabled wife lived with holes in their ceiling and floors, a rotting foundation, and no central heat and air conditioning.
But the process that been happening for years came to an end in a matter of hours Wednesday.
"Everything they've lived in for so many years is in three dumpsters behind me," said Live-It's project manager, John Hawker.
A Sevier County non-profit, Live-It, typically only does home repairs for those in need. They're helping the family start over. Volunteers in a few bulldozers tore down Jim and Denise Ipsen's home.
"In order to fix the areas of the mold and fix the areas of the floor, we would be spending as much money and time to fix them as we would to build them a new one," said Hawker.
Live-It plans to build the Ipsens a brand new home from the ground up in just five days starting next Monday. Because Ipsen is a veteran, the Home Depot Foundation is pitching in with funding and volunteers.
"Now is the time where God gets to show off and demonstrate some of his power so as we get the volunteers rallied and everyone starts coming in, it's really exciting," Hawker said.
While the build takes place, the Ipsens will be staying with family so the big reveal on Friday will be a surprise. Live-it has arranged activities around town to keep them occupied.
Live-It still needs $10,000 in donations and volunteers to help build on August 5-9. Visit www.live-itproject.com to help.