Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson stands next to his family’s car, which was damaged in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday morning. Anderson and his family live in the Davis-Povah House, a transitional home owned by Family Promise, a local nonprofit.

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Andy Anderson’s granddaughter ran into his room at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, saying she had heard a loud noise.

Anderson looked out the window and saw that someone has crashed into his family’s car and pushed it 10 feet up the driveway and through a fence.

Anderson, his wife, Theresa, and his granddaughter, Nevaeh Hendrix, live in the Davis-Povah House, a transitional home owned by Family Promise, a local nonprofit that works with homeless families.

The Bozeman Police Department responded to the North Fifth Avenue home early Saturday morning. The police said they have a suspect in the hit-and-run but have not yet arrested anyone.

Hendrix, 15, had a stress-induced seizure shortly after the police arrived to investigate on Saturday, Anderson said. She was taken to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital at about 3 a.m. During the seizure, she hit the floor so hard she is unable to attend school this week and will need physical therapy. Hendrix, who loves music and plays the flute, is disappointed she’ll be missing the Bozeman High School band concert on Wednesday.

“It’s been a very stressful time, and I’m very worried about her,” Anderson said.

For now, the family’s car is sitting in the driveway, likely totaled. Anderson and his family are working to get a rental car and to coordinate with their insurance company about purchasing a new car. They had just spent their savings on car repairs and had only recently finished paying off their car loan, Anderson said.

Tire tracks were still visible in the snow on Monday afternoon. Small pieces of plastic and glass lay scattered on the asphalt, and pieces of the wooden fence were haphazardly propped on the car and in the yard. Anderson has taped plastic over the car’s shattered back window and has swept up some debris.

“It’s a big mess,” he said. “We’re just trying to do everything we can to get back on track.”

Anderson and his family were homeless for a short period after their car broke down and they had to spend their savings on repairs. They spent 90 days sleeping in churches that are part of the Family Promise network before moving into the Davis-Povah House.

“They opened up their hearts, and it’s been a blessing,” Anderson said.

Christel Chvilicek, the executive director of Family Promise, said the organization will now have to pay to repair the damaged fence and is working with Anderson and his family as they absorb this unexpected incident.

“We want to make sure our families are on the right track, and this sort of thing can set them back,” she said. “There are all these bills that can now pop up, which can really affect people who are living paycheck to paycheck.”

Anderson and his family are nearing the end of their two-year stay at the Davis-Povah House. They have been saving for their own place and had been planning to move into a new home next August. They are hoping they can still do that.

“Christmas has been put on hold,” he said. “Everything has been put on hold. We’re just trying to piece our lives back together.”

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