Thursday, November 24 2022

By Kathy Miller

The Bethel Hills community in Dutzow, MO is developed by the Advocates for Community Choice (ACC) and their many donors and volunteers. Their vision is an inclusive faith community where adults with and without developmental disabilities live, learn and worship together. People without disabilities live alongside community members with intellectual or developmental disabilities as good neighbors with generous and caring DNA.

Bethel Hills will own and manage the property; residents and their families will be responsible for finding support based on their needs and requirements. The Missouri Department of Health has visited the community and Bethel Hills is in full compliance with all state and federal regulations and has their full approval. The state recognizes the need for this type of housing choice. Bethel Hills is one of the country’s first all-inclusive properties in a rural setting.

Bethel Hills is 128 acres in size and was purchased in March, debt free, thanks to incredibly generous donations from donors. Much of the work and materials put into the project so far have also been donated. A very generous donation from the First Christian Church in Union, MO, funded repairs to the chapel foundation and the First State Bank donated money to replace a patio on one of the duplexes. Bethel Hills also recently received its first offer from a donor to sponsor a building. The center of the event will be named Steve Sr. and Susan Kuenzel Center. Their incredibly generous gift is another gift from God to the people Bethel Hills will serve.

Aerial view of Bethel Hills in Dutzow.

There are currently 6-8 retired skilled tradesmen, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers, etc., as well as other volunteers working on various projects. If you or someone you know is willing to volunteer their time and share their skills, the need is there, and they will take as little or as much time as you are willing to give. If you are not a skilled craftsman but are ready to paint, clean, or whatever it takes, let them know. They are looking for volunteer labor.

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Volunteer Moe.
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Jeff Gildehaus, retired full-time heavy equipment mechanic
Field and vehicle mechanic volunteer.

Bethel Hills’ business plan includes microenterprise income to help support the mission. Phase 1 consists of six existing buildings with the potential to provide housing and / or other income.

The main building is an event center. It includes two offices for staff (unpaid), a gift shop stocked with donated items to buy, as well as two event spaces for rent. The upper space can accommodate around 80 to 100 people and the lower space 40 more. Both spaces are perfect for business or private functions and offer spectacular views.

The building also has a commercial kitchen including a cold room, freestanding freezers, convection oven, commercial blender and fryers and much more. The certified kitchen would be ideal for a commissary, caterer, or home food business for rent.

Upstairs in the Event Center there are two wings with four bedrooms for rent. Each bedroom has two sets of bunk beds, and there are three shared bathrooms / showers available and open space for meeting space. There are four offices in the two opposite wings of the building suitable for small businesses as well as a large conference space. Rent includes utilities and Wi-Fi.

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The upper event space can accommodate 80 to 100 guests.
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The lower event space can accommodate up to 40 people.
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Commercial kitchen on site.
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Accommodation rooms available.

The Bethel Hills Chapel is a beautiful country chapel with a glass panel behind the altar, offering lovely views of the woods all year round. This bright and picturesque chapel will soon be ready to rent for weddings or other special occasions and will also serve the Bethel community.

Horizontal chapel IMG_7165.jpgBethel Hills Chapel.

An on-site full-size gymnasium will be available for single or long-term rentals once the restoration work is complete. It has two separate changing rooms, a small space for concessions and an electronic scoreboard – ideal for training, games, dancing, parties or other special events.

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The gym.

Part of the area has been leased to “Drew’s Dream” for a pumpkin patch and a vegetable stand (which will open this fall). The remaining farmland is rented out to farmers in the area until the community is ready to expand housing or other farming businesses. Bethel Hills is open to microenterprise ideas or proposals that can be created in the community and give residents a chance to work or interact with people who support Bethel Hills vision.

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After renovation, three existing buildings will be available for housing. The first duplex will have three good-sized bedrooms and two shared bathrooms on each side. Each side will have a common kitchen, living space and terrace. This space should be available this fall to accommodate people with or without disabilities.

The next duplex building will have three functional apartments on each side with private bathroom. Each apartment will have its own space for a bed and a small seating area. The kitchenette will include a counter, sink, space for a small refrigerator and microwave. There will also be a full kitchen and common living space.

The third residential building has a full basement with a games room and can be used for many other activities for community members. The architect is still working on the plans for the housing units.

Phase 2 will be a pocket community with 8-10 newly constructed single family, duplex or triplex homes, which will be located across from the gymnasium.

Bethel Hills is a dream that has taken over six years and is now coming true through the hard work and dedication of CCA members and all of the generous donors and volunteers. In October 2019, to raise money to get the project started, the first 100 people to donate $ 1,000 became the founders of Bethel Hills. On September 12, 2021, these donors were honored at a luncheon and were the first group to officially visit the facilities. Their names will also be permanently displayed on a plaque in the center of the event.

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There will be an open house, ribbon cutting and dedication of the property on Sunday, October 24, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The dedication service will take place in the chapel at 2 p.m. Refreshments, live music and tours of the buildings will be offered. Everyone is welcome.

Support a great cause and enter to win the first Bethel Hill Quilt raffle. This beautiful king-size quilt was donated and made by Wilma Schroeder; the colors are navy, lavender and white. Click here for information and photos.

To inquire about one of the Bethel Hills microenterprises, call Dennis at 636-299-1983 or email This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on volunteering or housing, text or call Billie Kramme at 636-390-3564 or email This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information or to donate, visit Bethel Hills is looking for people to share their dream and create an inclusive rural community that gives individuals the choice of where they would like to live and the opportunity to live fully.


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