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Who will take care of my child when I'm gone?

SOAR's Vision: To create housing and related communities to support people with disabilities as they age.

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Who will take care of me?

SOAR's Vision: To give parents or caregivers a break. Conference opportunities to learn & grow. Advocacy & training opportunities to ask questions to help navigate a variety of systems.

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SOAR Social Clubs Happening NOW!!!

This event is for individuals who are 18 and older, who are higher functioning individuals and able to function without support.  This event is to build community with our higher functioning teens and adults. This is a place where they can share a meal, play games or watch a movie. This event is $20 and covers dinner, games, activities and staffing.
The May 24th SOAR Social Club will be at the SOAR office (12201 W 88th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215). We are accepting only 20 participants. 

Personal Greeting From Doc

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.

Check Up With Doc

The Executive Director of SOAR, Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D., is pleased and available to speak to the press about matters involving individuals and families with special needs.

As a pediatrician and a ministry leader, Doc Hunsley provides a balanced, impactful expert perspective.

To arrange an interview or a meeting, please contact (816) 782-SOAR (7627) or email press@soarspecialneeds.org.

Events

24
May
6:00 pm

SOAR Social Club

SOAR Office

26
May
6:30 pm

SOAR Disability Ministry Network

23
Jun
12:30 pm

SOAR Disability Ministry Network

24
Jun
6:00 pm

By the Brook Mom’s Retreat

SOAR Office

11
Jul
12:00 am

Camp – Lee’s Summit

Abundant Life Church

18
Jul
12:00 am

Camp – Overland Park

Grace Church South

SOAR Success Stories

Transforming Lives - The Palacio Story - A Parents View

Talk With Doc

Join us for our bi-monthly Talk With Doc webinars where Doc hosts top guests from around the world on topics for either families of individuals with disabilities or for special needs and disability ministry leaders. These webinars are meant to fill your toolbox with resources to help you become a better parent or leader. All webinars are hosted through Zoom and streamed live on Facebook where we take your questions live. Share our webinars with your families, friends, and volunteers! Do you have an idea for a topic? Just let us know by clicking on the Contact Us button on the top of the page. Registration is required for these talks and you are able to send your questions ahead of time to doc@SOARspecialneeds.org. Come SOAR with us!

SOAR Videos

SOAR Special Needs Truck & Trailer Fundraiser 2021

Help SOAR become mobile! We are transforming the lives of special families. Our mission is to spread awareness and raise money for solutions we have identified.

We created this campaign for everyone to contribute at various impact levels. Every dollar helps! Be sure to review the ways you can make an impact and please share this page with your family and friends.

Your involvement is critical to our success and solving this issue. Help us provide Camp and Respite to individuals with Special Needs throughout the greater KC area and to allow us to take it on the road to cities throughout the Country! There is no Us without U! Thank you again for your help. Please donate and share our crowdfunding campaign by clicking HERE!

Our Philosophy

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Mission Statement

SOAR exists to transform the lives of special families and empower them to SOAR in their local and faith communities.

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Vision

SOAR is committed to a future of providing an environment for families with special needs where their key needs are met and every life is affirmed with love and honor as Jesus intended in Luke 14:7-24.

Why SOAR?

Counseling/Advocacy Resources

You want to do good deeds with us, but you don't know where to start?

Free Church Consultation

We offer free one-hour church consultations to talk through any aspect of disability ministry. We will help your church develop a ministry from beginning to end, no matter the size or the experience! 

Donate

Please prayerfully consider how you can partner financially with SOAR to help transform the lives of families with disabilities! If you would like to do an in-kind donation, please contact us. 

Volunteer

Our events exist because of our volunteers. SOAR has a wide variety of opportunities for you to serve with us. Sign up here and someone will be in touch with you so you can come SOAR with us,

Training Resources

Thinking of serving with us or already signed up? We have training videos to help you to prepare to serve in many different areas. Please take the time to watch these trainings and then answer the questions after.