Buddy Break

Special Needs Ministry

Partnering with families so children who are differently abled may fully participate.

This ministry is available for kids ranging from infants through 6th grade. Our desire is to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to learn about God’s love in a way that is accessible to them. We provide two opportunities for children with special needs to engage. One is on Sunday mornings where we provide support at the level needed by each child to be a part of Venture Kidz. The other way is through our Buddy Break respite care program. One Saturday a month, children with special needs are invited to play, create, dance, and have fun while parents/caretakers get a little break.

We believe that all kids matter to God and were created in His image.

Buddy Break is a free monthly respite program for families with children that have special needs (VIP Kids). VIP kids are able to make friends, play fun games, enjoy crafts, stories, music, and activities while their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities for 3 hours, one Saturday a month.

2017 Buddy Break Dates

  • 9/16: Community Helpers
  • 10/21: God’s Creatures
  • 11/18: Lego Mania
  • 12/16: Christmas Story

Buddy Training 101

Buddy Training 101 is a 2-hour, video-based training. Buddies will learn the ins and outs of Buddy Break and the basic knowledge to equip them to work with our VIPs (children with special needs) and their siblings. Buddy Training 101 is required before Buddies are allowed to volunteer at Buddy Break. No prior experience is needed to make a GREAT buddy (volunteer), you just have to be willing to learn and show compassion to our Buddy Break kids!

Our next Buddy Training 101 will be before Buddy Break on September 16th from 8:30-10 a.m.

Meet the Buddy Break Leaders

Heather Mannor

Heather Mannor

“By developing the Special Needs Ministry and bringing Buddy Break to Venture we wish to give hope to families, like my own, who have children with special needs.”

Maggie Hazen

Maggie Hazen

“I’ve worked with adults and children with needs, from Epilepsy to Angelman Syndrome to Autism. The most important thing I’ve learned from my experiences is how unique each child is and how independent they can be if you give them your time and attention.”

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