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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A former Marine is overcoming thinking about the community helping him get a roof over his head.

“Thank you for being a part of this, for making this a reality,” said Lewis Morris.

A few months ago, Lewis Morris was homeless. He was living on a mattress in the backyard of the house his mom used to own.

When she died, the house was lost due to unpaid property taxes.

After years of homelessness in Ohio, Lewis came home to Indiana and laid his head down at the east side home where his family used to live.

Today, he’s less than two weeks away from getting the keys back to the home. If all goes according to plan, Lewis will move in November 29th after a ceremony with Mayor Joe Hogsett.

“I promised you I wouldn’t change much,” said Tony Roberts, the contractor for the renovation. Tony is the man who found Lewis.

Familiarity in this place is important for the former Marine.

“It’s bare walls and things, but I know the finished product will be just like home, just like my mother had it,” said Lewis.

A couple months ago, it seemed like the house might not get done. The project needed more support.

Then the help started coming.

People who were touched by Lewis’ story raised $40,000, businesses donated materials and volunteers gave their time. So much was given, there will likely be some left over to help more homeless veterans through Steadfast Indiana.

“Words can’t describe it,” said Tony, as he began tearing up. “Getting the people involved that have helped, seeing what it’s meaning to Lewis and his family? It’s actually bringing his family back together.”

Lewis will soon start making new memories in the home with his family.

And one of the first visitors he knows they’ll meet is Tony, his new friend.

“I’m still dreaming,” said Tony. “But dreams do come true. And he was a dream come true.”