Coyote Hill builds house for abused and neglected children

3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago Saturday, August 26 2017 Aug 26, 2017 Saturday, August 26, 2017 6:11:00 PM CDT August 26, 2017 in News
By: Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter

HARRISBURG - Dozens of people came together today to help build a new house at Coyote Hill, a Christian children’s home for abused and neglected children.

Today was framing day for the new structure. Coyote Hill said framing is not only symbolic of building strong foundations, but is also a huge step forward in caring for more children.

Larry McDaniel, executive director of Coyote Hill, said the new building will allow them to house eight more children.

“Daily we are turning away placement phone calls, because of the lack of space,” McDaniel said. "The need to give sibling groups in foster care a safe place to live continues to grow in mid-Missouri. It will be a place for children to find refuge, while finding themselves. This is very rewarding, eternal work that we can all be a part of."

Coyote Hill has been providing homes for Mid-Missouri children for over 25 years, and this will be the fifth home on the property. Coyote Hill also helps children transition to college and trade schools after high school.

It hopes to have the first floor of the house completed today. When completed it will be a 5,500 square feet home, with a playground and basketball court for the children.

Anithyst Heverrein lives at Coyote Hill and said she was able to watch the last house being built. This time, she helped out.

"We put a bunch of rebar down, and we tied a bunch of rebar," Heverrein said. "We put down a bunch of stakes and that jazz just to get the concrete in. And to watch the concrete get put down on top of all of our work was actually really cool."

Heverrein said building the house has been a process.

"When I left the last time I was working we were building like the top, trying to get the concrete on the top ready for us to put the wall on top of that," Herrein said. 

Heverrein said the best part isn't building the house - it's spending time with the other kids at the property when they work.

"We get to hang out and make a bond," Heverrein said. "We do that so it's not just working but we also get to talk to each other and learn about each other."

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