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Fearfully & Wonderfully Made | Caregiver Support

A community of parents and caregivers who come together to share advice, struggles, and the joys of caring for our family members with special needs

About our Ministry

Ascension’s Fearfully And Wonderfully Made group is for parents and caregivers of family members with special needs. Our group provides a safe place to discuss struggles, celebrate joys, learn together and build fellowship in our community.

Our namesake comes from Psalm 139:13-14
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)


Calendar + Upcoming Events

Regular Meeting Dates: The 3rd Sunday of every month
Regular Meeting Time: 6:30PM 
Regular Meeting Location: St. Luke Room (unless otherwise noted)

Join us for our Next Meeting!

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time: 6:30PM
Location: St. Luke Room
Speaker: Bridget Murphy will share her experience and advice for planning for adulthood for children with special needs. Lindsay Krumbholz, who spoke to us in January, got the conversation started about preparing for adulthood.  Come with your questions to help us all learn as much as we can.
Childcare: Childcare provided in the church nursery during the meeting, for walking children age 1 and older. Contact Jim Hamilton with questions.

Upcoming Meetings

Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024: Join us Sunday July 16th at 6:30PM at Coach’s on 135th street for a social.  It’s great to have our special needs family members home for the summer!  However, we need a respite on occasion to recharge so we can be at our best when serving our family.  Come for a relaxing night out.
Time: 6:30PM
Location: Coach’s

Date: Sunday, July 21st, 2024: Amy Allison, the executive director of The Farmer’s House, will share their positive, structured approach that provides the foundation for our Early Work Experience, Employment Services, Community Integration and Social Enrichment Programs. Participants include individuals with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Location: St. Luke Room
Childcare: Childcare provided in the church nursery during the meeting, for walking children age 1 and older. Contact Jim Hamilton with questions.
Time: 6:30PM

Date: Sunday, August 18th, 2024: Mike and Terri Kern started the St. Joseph Cupertino Program at Benedictine College.  The goal of St. Joseph Cupertino (SJC) program is to improve access to education for students with disabilities in the Catholic community, and to engage students with disabilities who might not otherwise find access to a college experience.
Time: 6:30PM
Location: St. Luke Room
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Childcare: Childcare provided in the church nursery during the meeting, for walking children age 1 and older. Contact Jim Hamilton with questions.

Past Speakers and Topics

  • Debbie and Dcn. Dana Nearmyer: Of St. James, Holy Trinity, and Prairie Star Ranch; Family Camp and the Archdiocesan Special Needs Ministry
  • Mike Wasmer: COO of The Council of Autism Service Providers (CASP).
  • Kim Hammers: Executive Director of EMBRACE
  • Kelly Rose: Vice Principal of ACS
  • Ivailo Grigorov: Special needs financial planner
  • Carlye Ehman: Medicaid Waiver
  • Casey Connealy: Special Needs Trusts
  • Kristen Stuppy: Pediatrician; Parenting strategies for kids with ADHD
  • Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D.: Executive Director and founder of SOAR Special Needs in Lenexa
  • Michael Lynch: Insurance Denials
  • Jeremy Didier: parenting kids with ADHD
  • Emily Tritz and Brookes Barrack: Directors of Kansas City Developmental Therapies (KCDT)
  • Lindsay Krumbholz: from Golden Scoop
  • Mitch Kelly: Founder of The Aiden Project

Help a Child with a Disability and their Family

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Would you be willing to make a difference in the life of a child with a disability and their family? Parents and advocates from Church of the Nativity, Church of the Ascension and St. Michael the Archangel Parish are joining forces to provide families who have a child with disability a break from caregiving.  We need your help with this most needed outreach. 


Contact Us

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about this ministry, please reach out!

Jim and Mary Kate Hamilton
marx.mk@gmail.com
816-304-0517 (Mary Kate)
913-387-7577 (Jim)


Links + Resources

*Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act


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