SOAR (Special Opportunities, Abilities, & Relationships) Special Needs was launched in September 2011 by Doc Hunsley. Doc is a retired pediatrician who developed a passion for individuals with special needs because of his son, Mark, who had Dravet Syndrome and autism. Mark was cured of his special needs in November 2010 when he was born into Heaven at the age of 5.
Mark taught the Hunsley family the blessings of being a parent of a child with special needs and also how difficult it was. Because of Mark, Doc started a ministry to individuals with special needs at Grace Church in Overland Park, KS. Now with over 900 individuals with special needs of all ages and with over 1000 volunteers, the joint decision was made for SOAR to launch out as its own 501(c)3 non-profit organization, with Grace Church’s blessing.
Through our current and projected programming. SOAR focuses on an individual’s ability, not their disability. SOAR also believes that every individual with special needs is created on purpose, for a purpose, and that they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.
SOAR provides much needed respite to our families through our SOARly Needed R&R events and the SOAR Summer Day Camp. SOAR also hosts one of the largest national conferences: the Wonderfully Made Special Needs Conference.
With our current assistance of over 320 churches, SOAR is moving forward to assist 1000 churches in the next 10 years. SOAR’s future plans include: 48-hour weekend respite for families, adult job training programs, and adult housing and assisted living facilities for adults with special needs.
Come SOAR with us!