History

1991

January

Larry & Cathy McDaniel begin Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home in their house.

Larry & Cathy McDaniel begin Coyote Hill Christian Children’s Home in their house.

Realizing that there was a tremendous need for a professional home of love that was able to address the social and emotional issues, in addition to the physical ones of food, shelter, and clothing, Larry & Cathy formed Coyote Hill under the direction of a Board of Directors, consisting of Pete Cummings, Mary Foutz, Doug Phillips and Phil Wyatt.

1993

September

Co-founder Cathy McDaniel is diagnosed with cancer.

Co-founder Cathy McDaniel is diagnosed with cancer.

Just a few months after Larry commits to full time ministry, Cathy is diagnosed with cancer.

1994

April

Larry meets Mark & Laurene Zimmer.

Larry meets Mark & Laurene Zimmer.

Larry says, “We talked about our visions for the future regarding ministry to abused and neglected children, and discussed what that could look like going forward. Mark and I really connected and our visions for the future were very similar.”

October

Coyote Hill’s first Home Parents, Rusty & Karla Gebhardt, are hired.

Coyote Hill’s first Home Parents, Rusty & Karla Gebhardt, are hired.

Rusty & Karla Gebhardt are hired as Home Parent Missionaries.

November

Cathy McDaniel passes away after her battle with cancer.

Cathy McDaniel passes away after her battle with cancer.

“Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror. Later we will see Him face to face. We don’t know everything, but then we will, just as God completely understands us.” I Corinthians 13:12

1995

March

The first Pancake Breakfast fundraisers are held at Memorial Baptist Church.

The first Pancake Breakfast fundraisers are held at Memorial Baptist Church.

It’s Coyote Hill’s longest standing tradition!

October

Mark & Laurene donate a portion of their property to Coyote Hill.

Mark & Laurene donate a portion of their property to Coyote Hill.

This will become the current property where Coyote Hill is located, which now contains over 300 acres.

1996

June

Larry marries Denise, a young widow with two children.

Larry marries Denise, a young widow with two children.

Besides creating a family of six children, Denise becomes “Exective Director of Odds & Ends” at Coyote Hill.

1997

September

Dedication of first home, Cathy’s Home

Dedication of first home, Cathy’s Home

Coyote Hill’s 1st Home is named Cathy’s Home in memory of Cathy.

1999

September

Dedication of our second home, The Zimmer Home

Dedication of our second home, The Zimmer Home

Mark and Laurene Zimmer’s vision for Coyote Hill and their heart for God’s children blesses us with our property as well as a 2nd home for children in need. Mark passed away in January of 2018. The impact of Mark and Laurene’s incredible heart for children and families through their strong support of the mission of Coyote Hill will be felt for generations to come.

October

Coyote Hill hosts its first Fall Family Festival – now known as Open House.

Coyote Hill hosts its first Fall Family Festival – now known as Open House.

Turtle and frog races, gunny sack and 3-legged races, bale rolling competition and more occur during this fun-filled afternoon hosted for our supporters.

2000

November

The Hubbell Home, our 3rd home, is completed.

Hubbell, Ira and Gail, accept plaque from Larry | coyotehill.org

Built in honor and with the generous support of Ira and Gail Hubbell and their family, this home is a wonderful addition to our ministry and service to families. Ira and Gail shared a commitment to give children a place to grow, learn, to love, to play . . . A Safe Place to Be a Child. Gail passed away in November of 2013, and Ira in January of 2018. Their legacy of service will forever live on in the Hubbell Home.

2001

May

Coyote Hill celebrates our first high school graduate.

Coyote Hill celebrates our first high school graduate.

Since then, 100% of our youth who were seniors while residing at Coyote Hill have received their diploma.

2005

March

100 children have called Coyote Hill home.

100 children have called Coyote Hill home.

What a blessing to provide A Safe Place to Be a Child for each and every one of them.

July

Coyote Hill goes on first mission trip to Acuna, Mexico.

Coyote Hill goes on first mission trip to Acuna, Mexico.

Home Parents Jacob & Amy Kingery and Chris & Leslie McPeak take their children to Mexico to serve on their first foreign mission trip.

August

The first horse show is hosted by our own Coyote Hill kids, assisted by Stephanie Hillerman (therapist), Charity Johnson & Ann Kiningham.

The first horse show is hosted by our own Coyote Hill kids, assisted by Stephanie Hillerman (therapist), Charity Johnson & Ann Kiningham.

A great way for the kids to show off their new horsemanship skills, learned in our developing Equine Program.

2009

September

200 children have called Coyote Hill home.

200 children have called Coyote Hill home.

What a blessing to provide A Safe Place to Be a Child for each and every one of them.

2011

April

The Wright Home, our fourth home, is completed.

The Wright home | coyotehill.org

Our first handicap-accessible home, built in honor of Forrest “Bud” and Marjorie Wright by their sons, Bentley and Hartley. Bentley, a long-time supporter and friend of Coyote Hill, passed away in January of 2013.

June

Overton Arena is completed, with 14 stalls and an indoor riding arena.

Overton Arena is completed, with 14 stalls and an indoor riding arena.

Thanks to the generous support of Doris Overton and built in memory of her husband, Jack Overton.

2012

July

Foutz Field, a combination baseball & soccer field, is completed.

Foutz Field, a combination baseball & soccer field, is completed.

Made possible with support from the Foutz family and a grant from Mizzou Greek Week. Jim and Mary Foutz have been supporters of Coyote Hill from the beginning – Mary is one of our founding board members. The field is named in memory of Jim’s mother – also named Mary.

December

300 children have called Coyote Hill home.

300 children have called Coyote Hill home.

What an honor!

2014

September

Coyote Hill is recognized as an Angels in Adoption.

Coyote Hill is recognized as an Angels in Adoption.

Two-time recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption® award in honor of extraordinary contributions in adoption, permanency, and child welfare.

September

Our 5th home, The Atherton Home, is completed.

Our 5th home, The Atherton Home, is completed.

Named in honor of Bill and Tammy Atherton, who came on staff as home parents in 1995. They served in Larry’s former family residence and listened to dreams about a new property containing homes designed and built specifically for a children’s home ministry. Meanwhile, they served 24/7, seven days a week…and learned in the school of “hard knocks” how to be the best possible Home Parents they could be, serving longer than any Home Parents in our history.

2016

December

After 25 years of ministry, 407 children have called Coyote Hill home.

After 25 years of ministry, 407 children have called Coyote Hill home.

Larry says, “We survived the mistakes, fought the battles, and learned some things along the way. And 25 years later we’ve served hundreds of kids and helped improve countless families. I’m very thankful to have had this opportunity. It’s changed us all for the better, and made this world a little bit better place to be.”

2019

March

Our 6th home, The Petershiem Home, is completed.

Our 6th home, The Petershiem Home, is completed.

The Petersheim Home was completed through the generosity and vision of Ed Petersheim. With additional generous support from Veterans United Foundation and our community, this home was built to be another safe place to be a child. Ed and Brenda and Veterans United Foundation share a compassion for children and a commitment to enhance lives. May this home be a legacy of devotion and humility, impacting children for generations to come.

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