SOAR Social Clubs Happening NOW!!!
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 [email protected].
Meaning Through Music
SOARly Needed R&R
Cross Points Church
SOAR Social Club
1st Annual SOAR Sensory Eggs’ploration
Westside Family Church
Meaning Through Music
SOAR Social Club
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 [email protected]. Come SOAR with us!
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!
Oh my goodness, SOAR I just got my Christmas Blessings present!!! You all are simply AMAZING!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! Doc Hunsley and everyone else that had a hand in this at SOAR, you don’t know how much it means to have a BED FRAME!!! YES I SAID A BED FRAME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! I’m excited to put it together tomorrow!
Amanda Dudley-Fox, December, 2021
Christmas Blessing Recipient
I wanted to share a praise. I was talking with one of our parents today. After praying on the phone with her for her to find time to take care of herself while she takes care of the kids, she broke down. She opened up and let me know that last night she was in a hard place because she hasn't been taking care of herself and she reached out to God even though she doesn't fully believe in Him. My conversation with her today helped her see that God is listening and He cares for her. How cool! When we trust God with His timing He does amazing things.
Laura Zatorski, May, 2020
Special Needs children teach us to love more, care more, and give more. Families with special needs children are to be commended for their endurance and many sacrifices along the way. They need our continued support and prayers. Thank you Doc Hunsley for sharing your passion, your journey, and the legacy of your son Mark who is in Heaven. His life’s impact is touching many!
Steve Barnes, September, 2017
Outreach Pastor, Lenexa Baptist Church
Doc & Kay something has been on my heart for a while. I think that I have come up with the words. THANK YOU for your ministry and vision of SOAR! The energy and joy that you and your team invest in the lives and hearts of our children is so precious. You do this in a way that the SOAR kids themselves feel celebrated as much as their typically developing peers. Again thank you!
Teree Nicholas, July, 2016
Thank you for the update on SOAR camp. Congratulations on an epic camp! C'mon Jesus!!!! We will be in prayer for the conference experience overall. We hope to see your dreams come true in all areas. We love you and are proud of the team coordinating this experience. We believe God is going to do outstanding work there!
Jarell & Kinesha Roach, July, 2019
Parent, SOAR Church Consult
Doc, what an amazing first SOAR experience for my family! It brought tears to my eyes to see the dedicated and compassionate people on your team. My two middles started off with tears at drop off but at pick up was asking when the next SOAR night was. With my two year old’s diagnosis being so new to us this was a great way for my husband and myself to get out and know our kids, especially Tatum, were in great hands. Thanks for all you do and the time/effort you put in to making a difference in families lives.
Lezlie John, September, 2018
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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!
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.
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,
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.