In addition to the dorms, main dining area and central offices, the Pythian Home also has extracurricular facilities on its 164-acre property, including a swimming pool, softball field, tennis and volleyball courts and various barns.
Boyer said families often use the Pythian Home for their children for a variety of reasons, either for financial, physical or emotional situations. The minimum stay at the Pythian Home, which is open to children form ages 3-14, is six months, but youth can stay longer than that if the family chooses.
“We want the family to be active,” Boyer said. “They’re an active part in what goes on. These are situations where the family wants to have the child [with them] but they just can’t take care of the day to day stuff.”
Families are permitted to visit and interact with the child every weekend, and Pythian also offers extended visits during holidays.
“This isn’t like an orphanage,” Watson said. “Our goal is to reunite the children with their families.”
The Pythian Home is funded solely on private donations through businesses, churches, organizations and individuals.
“The support from the community has been very good,” Watson said. “Our surrounding community has definitely gone above and beyond to help.”