Our Key Ministry team extends our congratulations to Marie Kuck and her crew at Nathaniel’s Hope as they prepare for one of the most unique community outreaches anywhere to families of kids with disabilities. The Tenth Annual “Make ‘Em Smile” community festival in celebration of “VIP Kids” (kids with all types of special needs/ disabilities) will take place this Saturday, June 2, at Lake Eola, near Downtown Orlando.
Last year’s festival hosted over 10,000 people…including 1,500 VIP kids! Check out this video from last June:
In addition to Make ‘Em Smile, Nathaniel’s Hope has developed many programs to assist families, including a growing respite program called Buddy Break. Buddy Break is a free kids/respite program done in partnership with local churches that provides a free “break” for caregivers of kids with special needs. The Kucks hope is to build a national network of 1,000 churches to support VIP families with respite care. Other programs offered by Nathaniel’s Hope include Caroling for Kids, a National VIP Birthday Club, Keep ‘m Smiling, Hall of Hope, and an Online Resource Center.
Interested in learning more? Here’s Marie’s video from last November’s Inclusion Fusion on the topic Launch Your Special Needs Ministry With a Respite Program! It Works!!!