The Disability Ministry promotes the intellectual and spiritual development of those with disabilities and supports their caregivers with spiritual and emotional support. We call upon our church community to promote and defend the dignity of life of each person with a sense of justice and compassion. We recognize the unique gifts of those with disabilities and invite them to participate fully in the life of the church and community.
We offer the following:
Nourish for Caregivers
A faith-based program that supports caregivers with practical, emotional and spiritual tools and resources. We will meet twice monthly (bi-monthly) beginning January 2024. There are 12 sessions within 3 categories - Roles and Communications, Planning and Support and Safety and Quality of Life.
Girls Night Out
An evening out that builds relationships and provides resources to women caregivers in our parish community. We meet every other month at a local restaurant or winery.
An opportunity for respite of caregiving parents with special needs children and adults. Participants are provided with a social outlet in a safe and loving environment and volunteers are given an appreciation for the gifts and talents of those with disabilities. A meal will be provided. Activities may include games, crafts, music and celebrations. Family respite is targeted to begin in Summer 2024.
For those special needs children and young adults who cannot fully integrate into a typical classroom environment of their peers, we offer bi-monthly adaptive faith formation. Preparation for sacraments will also be offered when needed. Each child will be provided with a teen or adult “buddy” to offer assistance. We hope to offer an adaptive faith formation program beginning in Fall 2024.
Please contact us to learn more or to join our team as a volunteer: [email protected]