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SOAR Special Needs was founded by Stephen “Doc” Hunsley M.D., to transform the lives of special families and empower them to soar in their local and faith communities.  Families who have children with special needs face major challenges. SOAR is determined to walk beside them so that those challenges won’t prevent them from obtaining a bright future.

Individuals with special needs are an important and vital part of our communities and our lives. Their families are important too, as they strive to see a beautiful future for them. That’s why SOAR is committed to providing key resources for them to thrive.

For years, SOAR has provided rest and renewal for families: from respite date nights to summer camp, to training volunteers and supporters to serve individuals with special needs. Rest and renewal are important, but they’re not enough. Providing a real future for individuals with special needs in which they have jobs, places to live, and to be a vital part of everyday life is not just a dream for SOAR. Instead, they’re making it a reality!

SOAR’s core values come down to the three main questions every family with special needs asks: Will my children ever be able to provide for themselves? Who will take care of my child after I’m gone? Who will take care of me (as a parent/care-giver)?

These are important questions that deserve a committed organization for solving them and that is why SOAR exists – to provide a powerful destiny for individuals and families with special needs.


A significant part of SOAR is their tremendous volunteer community. Unlike many organizations and ministries, they have a wide variety of opportunities for you to serve – especially in your skills, abilities, and passion!

Speaking of serving – they need volunteers to help pull off the largest summer day camp for individuals with special needs in the country! SOAR Camp 2023, Camp DinoSOAR is July 10-14 at Abundant Life in Lee’s Summit, MO, and July 17-21 in Overland Park, KS. Visit to learn more about Camp DinoSOAR and many other serving opportunities! 

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