Patty Clark lost her grandson Austin when he was just 15-years-old. She decided to channel her grief into creating a place that would honor his memory and help other children in Douglas County. That place is called Austin's House.
The doors opened for the first time Thursday with a dedication from Nevada's First Lady Dawn Gibbons. Supporters and the public were invited in for a tour of the unique building, which is tailored to the needs of displaced children. Because so many children in this situation experience neglect or abuse , a clinic is on site to diagnose and treat any medical problems they may have.
The brand-new facility is large enough to house ten foster kids at one time, but there stay will be limited to no more than 45 days. Despite it's size Austin's House is designed to feel like a real home. The kitchen is large enough to handle the needs of the residents but resembles what you'd find in an average house. Two long tables provide enough space for all of the kids to share meals. Each child has their own room made possible by donors who are honored with a plaque above each door.
Out back are two state of the art play structures, so they can leave their cares behind and be kids... if only for a moment. Now that the doors are finally open, Patty Clark says it's a fitting tribute to the memory her grandson Austin Kirby.