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

 

Archbishop Naumann's Radio Show

Tom Racunas joined Archbishop Naumann for his weekly radio address.  Please click on the link to hear their discussion!

http://archkck.libsyn.com/website/summer-camps-for-families-with-special-needs

  Scroll below for a list of upcoming events! 

 

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 detailed respite care information please click here

Words from our families:

"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!!!!"

"Thank you for the BREATHE program last Saturday. Frank and I had a great 4 hours together. We went to a nice dinner and walked Oak Park Mall and went in and out of stores looking at things and talking and laughing. We had so much fun. It could not have been possible without the BREATHE program. Thank you so much for all the BREATHE staff does for our families. You are all wonderful."  xx Mary Cay Tokic

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:
July 20

August 17

September 21

October 19

November 16

December 14

2020 Dates:

January 25

February 15

March 28

April 18

May 16

 

 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

 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 - CONTACT TOM ASAP IF INTERESTED

 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.

2019 TOTUS TUUS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The Totus Tuus Team will offer an adapted Totus Tuus program for children with special needs!!

Monday, July 22nd to Friday, July 26th
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This Totus Tuus program is for persons ages 6 to 14 with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
St. Joseph Parish in Shawnee

Fee is $40 per child

Registration deadline is Monday, July 8th.

Volunteers are needed for the program.

For more information please contact
the Office of Special Needs Ministry by email at tracunas@archkck.org or call 913.647.3054 or 316.305.7487.

To register go to:

https://goo.gl/forms/Qn1Hh8cL5VL5zJJb2 

 

St. Nicholas Movement Summer Camps

St. Nicholas Children Therapies LLC is offering summer movement camps that focus on fun specialized movement patterns and STEM activities. 

Email:  StNicholasChildrensTherapiesKC@gmail.com to request for summer camp flyer or see below!

 

 
 

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 Bulletin Board

Special Needs Ministry Home

Calendar

 

Mutually Shared Vision Tool Kit

 

Mission

 

Deaf Ministry

 


Upcoming Events

Special Needs Family CampEvent spans multiple days
Fri, 28 Jun 2019 -
Sun, 30 Jun 2019

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Special Needs BREATHE Respite Care
Sat, 20 Jul 2019
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Special Needs - Totus TuusEvent spans multiple days
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 -
Fri, 26 Jul 2019

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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 Tom Racunas

Lead Consultant

tracunas@archkck.org
913-647-3054