Seven years ago, Robert Young was shocked to read an article about Native American elders found frozen to death every year in their own homes, many without heat, electricity or running water.
"I can't think of a more ridiculous way of dying in this country just because of lack of housing. The tragic part is one, that it's happening, and [two,] that it's not news anywhere else in the country." — Robert Young
Robert decided to "adopt" a native elder through a national charity and flew to the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota to meet his "adopted" grandmother, Katherine Red Feather, a Lakota-Sioux Indian.
"My first day on the reservation was a shock. After seeing Katherine's home, everything changed. [She was] living in an abandoned trailer with no way of communicating. That was a really tough thing for me to shake, and I didn't want to shake it.
We read all these problems in the newspaper everyday. Yet we can still turn the page. I couldn't do that anymore with this, because I saw it firsthand. I knew for me at that point that I really wanted to see what we could do to build one house that would be for Katherine Red Feather." — Robert Young
Robert's dream has grown