Special Needs Ministry

 

 

mission Statement

To serve and support parishes in facilitating opportunities for a relationship with Christ by ensuring the fullest participation possible in the Catholic faith for all parishioners regardless of ability.

-- Adopted by the Office of Special Needs Advisory Council July, 2017

 

 

B.R.E.A.T.H.E.

Bessette Respite EMBRACE Action Towards Holy Encounters

The program is offered once a month from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross School located at 8101 West 95th Street in Overland Park.  BREATHE is staffed by qualified professionals and volunteers. Participants will engage in activities that will include, but not be limited to, faith formation, art, recreation, and music.  For more detailed information please click here.

A participants mother recently shared the following:

"For Luke, my husband and I, BREATHE is a blessing beyond words. Luke gets excited every time we pull into the parking lot and he rarely gets very excited about group activities. To have once a month where he is taken care of, having fun, and interacting with others and Greg and I don’t have to be worried 24/7 is something rare.  Greg and I can literally just "breathe" which is something that money can’t pay for. It is a Godsend! I know that sounds corny but it is the absolute truth!!!!"

BREATHE is funded by a generous grant from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Any person 5 years and older is welcome.  

2019 Dates:
February 16th
March 30th (NEW DATE)
April 27th  (NEW DATE)
May 18th

 Registration must be completed 10 days prior to the event. Acceptance will be based on the availability of volunteers.

 Parents/Guardians can complete the registration form by clicking here.

 If you are interested in volunteering for the BREATHE Program, please click on the following link to register:

http://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemnbF9jmA38Q_kGejLq1ahF3fbfuH0V6IjSYLAvsKNcN51AQ/viewform

If you are interested in learning more please contact Tom Racunas to talk about the many ways you can be a part of this wonderful and growing ministry.  Call 913.647.3054 or email tracunas@archkck.org

 

Kansas Pediatric Foundation Study - Participants Needed

Are you the parent or caregiver of a child with special healthcare needs?

A new KU study aims to understand parents’ and child providers/educators’ perception of the importance of play and how play-related opportunities are being accessed. Participation in this survey will require approximately 15-20 minutes with the option of attending a focus group. Information related to playing will be provided at request.

A link to the study is below. Have any questions? Please contact Alexandra Hicks at ahicks5@kumc.edu or Marie Leathers at mleathers@kumc.edu

https://redcap.kumc.edu/surveys/?s=XDR3NMYADE

 

Special Needs Resource Fair

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Family Camp

Family Special Needs Camp
June 28-30, 2019 (Fri-Sun)
Registration by email to camptekreg@gmail.com.

 Please consider Family Special Needs Camp as an option for your family to come closer to one another and to Jesus.

 CHECK IN will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28. The camp will end after lunch on Sunday, June 30.

 IT IS AMONG THE MOST HOLY THINGS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD FOR FAMILIES TO SPEND TIME GROWING TOGETHER.

Camp for families who have a child with special needs celebrates faith and unity! Your family will have time to eat meals, pray, and do activities together. Parents will have time to build community with other parents. Siblings will have time to build community with other siblings. The person with special needs will have a buddy available to them throughout the weekend to provide support and supervision as needed or as requested. Activities will be available on an age-appropriate level. Activities will be adapted or modified as needed.

TAKE THE TIME TO ENJOY YOUR PRECIOUS LOVED ONES AWAY FROM THE BUSYNESS OF EVERYDAY LIFE.

Parents work so hard to provide for all the activities of daily living that it can become difficult to find time to just BE together.

To Register for Family Special Needs Camp: email Jennifer at camptekreg@gmail.com.  Please include first names, ages, DOB, and Gender of each camper. You will receive an email response with an attached Family Camp registration form to return with a $200 deposit per family ($100 of deposit is nonrefundable) to secure your family's spot in camp. Upon receipt of your form and deposit, your family will be registered for Family Special Needs Camp and you will receive a confirmation email showing receipt of your family registration and deposit.

 REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 15, 2019

 COST: $135 per family member 2 years old and above; under 2 years Free. There is no age limit. Some scholarship money is available. Please contact Tom Racunas, Lead Consultant for the Special Needs Ministry at 913.647.3054 or tracunas@archkck.org regarding scholarships.

 All meals and snacks are included. Special medical and/or dietary needs of any family member must be clearly explained on the registration form. We will work with you to help meet those needs while at camp.

 For questions or concerns, please contact Tom Racunas at 913.647.3054 or tracunas@archkck.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Upcoming Events

Special Needs Resource Fair
Tue, 26 Feb 2019
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant

tracunas@archkck.org
913-647-3054

 

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