There's No Place Like Home

June 26, 2006 -- 4:00 PM CDT

POINSETT COUNTY -- Justin Seth Prince was paralyzed in a car accident 10 years ago, but the one thing he longed for the most has finally come true...being a homeowner.

"My was a drinking and driving accident," said Prince.  "I was a young kid you know."

At 29 years old, he said that he feels blessed to start a new chapter of his life.

"I asked God to help me out, and He has," he said.  "It's been a long process."

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Rural Development office in Jonesboro financed Prince's new home.  The office has three family housing programs that help low income families.

Bryan Exum of the USDA said that he was pleased to be a part of turning a dream into reality.

"Justin is in a wheelchair and the home was built to meet his needs," said Exum.

Prince's new home is wheelchair accessible inside and out.  There's no carpet inside his home to make it easier for him to move around.  He has a roll in shower, a whirlpool bathtub, and his closet sits low.

Prince said that now may be the time to start a family.

"I've always wanted to come back home and live in the country.  I was born and raised on the ridge here, and it's just great," he said.

It's great that he can now look out of his bedroom window and see the sun shining through a place that he now calls home.

"Just don't give up," he said.  "That's what I tell everybody.  Don't give up."