FUSION is the special needs ministry at Good Shepherd. Our mission is to reach and serve families impacted by special needs and create an environment for them to discover and embrace a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our goal is for all children and students to be able to successfully participate in all ministries with their peers. Based on each child’s individual needs, we provide:
- One-on-one buddies
- Coordination with staff and small group leaders
- Accommodations (visual schedules, fidgets, etc.)
Special Needs Assistance One-on-One Buddies
We currently provide One-on-One Buddies during SPARKS (Sunday School) so children with special needs can participate in activities while their parents are in worship services.
We also provide One-on-One Buddies during Club 45 (4th and 5th graders), FUEL (Middle School), and IGNITE (High School) so students can fully participate with their peers in all activities.
FREE Respite Care Buddy Break
Buddy Break is a FREE, monthly, respite opportunity for children with special needs and their siblings. At Buddy Break, all children are intentionally paired up one-on-one with a trained buddy. We play games, do projects, play in the gym, and have a lot of fun—all while parents and caregivers get a well-deserved break.
This program is sponsored by Nathaniel’s Hope
, a national organization that supports Buddy Breaks in churches. After registering on their website, families have the opportunity to take their children to any Buddy Break—whether local or while out of town on vacation!
Special Needs Volunteers
We have several opportunities for leaders to serve within FUSION. If you have a passion for children with special needs and are interested in partnering with us, please contact us.