Northview Church wants to make every member of its congregation is supported and welcome. That includes children with special needs who attend weekly services.
A recent gift of $45,000 from an anonymous donor has gone a long way in helping the church meet its objective.
“We serve around 50 to 60 families right now,” said Amanda Arroyo, Special Needs Ministry coordinator. “We provide buddies for kids so that they can learn within the typical classroom. We also have a special needs classroom for kids where this environment is better for them to learn.”
The program is funded through church giving, but special projects often go beyond the budget.
“A church volunteer’s family member saw the difference it was making and asked me if they could donate,” Arroyo said. “I put together three main projects that I wanted to use the money for. One was for our special needs classroom for little kids, one was for the special needs classroom for older teens and young adults and one was for upgrading our playground.”
The donor, who wants to remain anonymous, gave the $45,000 to help cover the cost of all three projects.
“We were able to purchase things that I wouldn’t have been able to without the donation,” Arroyo said. “Even though the church is very generous with their funding, there are just certain materials and equipment needed for those with special needs. The pricing is often exorbitant.”
The playground is now fenced in and disability-accessible. The Special Needs Ministry is looking for volunteers to assist in classrooms.
“There are so few churches in this area that have ministries that support families with special needs, and so the need is very great,” Arroyo said.
For more, visit northviewchurch.us.