“Everyone matters to God; everyone matters to us.”
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to 1.5 million people affected by special needs. When 75% of Jesus’ miracles were performed on individuals affected by disability, we know God’s heart is for the church to be a beacon of hope, encouragement and inclusion for Special Needs families in our community.
We recognize that the challenges facing Special Needs families are unique. Yet, God designed us to be an integrated, diverse, and healthy community that includes everyone. At New Beginnings, our commitment is to go the extra mile in providing an essential respite for Special Needs families by providing well-trained, dedicated, and engaging care to special needs children during our Gathering times. We are privileged to currently serve roughly 15 families with special needs through our Sunday programs.
For Special Needs Ministry Supporters and Prospective Volunteers
“What God wants us to accomplish as a church, we can only do together.”
Special Needs is the only ministry that operates on a 1:1 ratio. The primary volunteer role within Special Needs Ministry is the Buddy. One Buddy enables an entire family to worship together. We invite you to partner with us to embrace and honor Special Needs families in our community, either through being a Buddy or through another volunteer role.
Buddies have a tremendous impact in the life of a Special Needs child by being a consistent presence throughout the school year. You do not need prior special needs experience to be a Buddy, but because this role is relationship-based, we prefer Buddies to make a school-year commitment to assist a regular special needs child, and we try to give all of our Buddies the summer off for rest. If you aren’t able to serve most weeks in a school year, let us know and we’ll work with you to accommodate your availability.
There are also a variety of other volunteer roles for Special Needs Ministry (setup, tear-down, crafts, administrative).
To get started in the volunteer process, fill out this Children’s and Youth Ministries (CYM) Volunteer Form, and complete all the portions related to Special Needs Ministry!
Families/individuals interested in participating in the Special Needs Ministry, please complete our online Registration Form. A ministry representative will contact you shortly. Please note that due to limited facilities space, we may not be able to immediately accommodate all families.
Whether it’s through the support of a Buddy in our CYM classrooms, connecting with a Life Group that includes other Special Needs families, or though fellowship with Special Needs families in our community, we look forward to the privilege of partnering with your family!
* Please note: In this initial season of building up our team, Parent/Guardian participation may be requested, pending Buddy availability. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!