Volunteers from The Crossing help out at home for abused children

ROCK BRIDGE-GREEN MEADOWS-BEDFORD WALK-CEDAR LAKE

By KATIE MORITZ

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Coyote Hill, a home in Harrisburg for abused and neglected children, hosted more than 300 volunteers from The Crossing church on Saturday, April 30, for a second annual Coyote Hill Work Day. Last year, more than 200 volunteers from the church joined the work day.

Adult and youth volunteers from The Crossing, 3615 Southland Drive, painted ceilings and walls, cleaned up the lake area, transplanted trees, constructed a corral, washed vans, painted a basketball court, made meals and desserts and even gave haircuts to some of the children at the home, Coyote Hill Development Director Kari Salmon said. The volunteers worked from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Coyote Hill provides abused and neglected children with a safe place to stay and an opportunity to learn life skills. The home, located on 150 acres, was founded in 1991.

“We give every child a chance to ‘start over,'” Salmon said.

Salmon said this is done in a family environment. Coyote Hill is made up of four 5,300-square-foot houses that each have the space to house eight children.

“Each home consists of a Home Parent married couple that lives in the home full time with their children as well,” Salmon said.”This provides stability and gives each child a positive example of a healthy family so when they are grown, they take what they’ve seen and learned and apply it to their family.”

The Coyote Hill facilities have the capacity to house 32 children, and currently house 26 children.

Coyote Hill has volunteer opportunities available to people who want to get involved. Opportunities include mentoring a child, doing yard or office work or cooking meals. Contact Kari Salmon at kari@coyotehill.org for more information.

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