Why are our mission, vision and core values statements so important?
The reason is simple. Each person we serve is important to the heart of God. Many of the friends we serve, including individuals with special needs, those who are related to them, and those who are caregivers for them, are sometimes overlooked and ignored by our communities at large.
It’s not because people don’t care. It’s because they don’t know how to include them in the world around us and to give them true purpose and worth as Christ sees them.
We aim to change that misperception.
Through our established activities, we have focused on communicating value and worth to individuals and families with special needs – and that will never change. By offering our respite night events, summer day camp, ministry consulting and mentorship programs, and annual leadership conference, we provide key resources which give affirmation and worth to those who need them the most.
But that’s not enough. If you see the three key questions which families with special needs ask us, it’s clear that there is more to be done. It is a daily reminder to all of us that we have work to do.
That’s why we’re pursuing something greater. It takes a powerful community to do what we must do for these beautiful friends and their families to effectively answer all three questions. And it starts with powerful resources which will change our communities forever.
Most individuals with special needs want to be a part of the marketplace and to have a job. In response, we are actively developing and raising funds for an adult job training center within the next 3-5 years.
Many of these same individuals want to have their own place that they can call “home” where they can have an independent life and are able to take care of themselves. In response, we are working on the plans and raising funds to build a facility that provides adult housing and assisted living resources within the next 5-10 years.
Some families with special needs are in a situation where they need an extended break. In response, we will provide a facility that offers a 12-hour respite from Monday-Thursday, and a 48-hour respite on the weekends. This project will be completed in the next 3-5 years.
Many communities and churches, both in the US and Canada and also around the world, have asked for our help to show them how to offer effective resources and services for individuals and families with special needs. Currently we serve over 300 churches, with an additional 200 churches looking to join our community. In response, we will be hosting regional conferences and events, international conferences, and “road trips” where we teach and introduce our resources around the world.
We are deeply aware that there is a great need to serve the special needs community. Until every individual with special needs, along with their families and caregivers, is fully served with purpose, there is a lot that must be done. And it requires all of us to do our part.
Will you SOAR with us?