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Goshen couple reaches out to abused families

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Scott and Lori Roth have a heart for abused families because they have seen the affects of abuse first hand.

"You know we miss terribly his humor, he just could make me and my wife laugh all the time," says Scott who lost his son Ben four years ago.

"He was physically abused by a man when he was three years old and it was awful." Roth says it eventually became too much for their son and he took his life when he was 22. "That's a tough thing to get thru, it changes your life."

The Roths have grieved their only child's death for years and decided they wanted to do something. "We were not going to let this destroy us and we know Ben wouldn't want that and he would want us to, I know he would want us to live our lives to the fullest."

That's when the idea for "The Little House that Ben Built" developed. "It's a place to help a mom and some kids improve their lives and move on."

They're giving a house a makeover, so by the end of June a family can move in and start fresh. Not just any family though, a family dealing with abuse.

"This is a healing thing for me and my wife, to do this house and have this in his memory." Roth says it will be a transition home and they will help a family get back on their feet. He says the community donated funds and services so the family will have an expense-free stay.

And it's all in his son's honor. "I'm glad that as his dad I can do it for him." 

He says his son wasn't able to overcome his abusive past, but that doesn't mean others can't. "Every time a family comes in here, there will be new memories and it will be because of Ben."

The home will be finished and dedicated June 22. The house dedication will feature a concert by the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. It will take place at Goshen College and all proceeds will benefit Ben's House. To purchase concert tickets call 1-888-978-6596.

Scott Roth says donations for the home and any other family expenses are welcomed. You can find more information and ways to donate online.

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