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Koinonia Homes teams up with Biletnikoff Foundation in Loomis

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Editor’s note: Look for the full story in the July 30 Loomis News edition.

A Loomis home for at-risk teenage girls will be remodeled and modernized, thanks to a partnership with the Biletnikoff Foundation.

Koinonia Homes for Teens and the Biletnikoff Foundation broke ground July 23 on a home in Loomis designed to provide substance abuse and domestic violence treatment for teenage girls.

“These girls come from around the state for treatment, not just foster care,” said Bill Ryland, director of Koinonia Homes for Teens. “As an agency, we deal with some of the toughest kids in the state. This is kind of the deep-end of the foster care system.”

Fred Biletnikoff, whose daughter, Tracey, was murdered in 1999, said in an interview with The Loomis News that the partnership was a great opportunity to keep his daughter’s spirit alive.

“We’re able to help these girls out and let them know we really care about them,” said Biletnikoff, a Placer County resident. “Our daughter saw success going through a rehab program. This house is a perfect place for them to live and a place they can be proud to live in.

“When they walk out of the house, we want them to come back,” Biletnikoff added. “It’s a small thing but means a lot.”