Mission Road Ministries annually offers the S.O.A.R. - Summer Outreach and Recreation - Program to our resident children as well as children from the community with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD).
A new record! We are delighted to report that 23 wonderful children will be joining us this summer 2017 for our S.O.A.R. This is actually three more than we had originally planned - and we are thrilled to grow our program to accommodate these precious kiddos.
What makes S.O.A.R. so special:
- Our longtime, professional and well trained staff will care for your child during this program.
- Children are seperated into small groups that are age and level of care based.
- Nine weeks of summer care are available
- S.O.A.R. is offered Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for nine weeks throughout the summer for all children.
- S.O.A.R. is open to the 45 children who live on our campus and 20 community children each summer.
All of the children have varying degrees of IDD and most have accompanying physical disabilities. S.O.A.R. is integral to their continuing progress and personal achievement. Children with IDD require a great deal of structure and predictability to move forward. They require constant and consistent professional programs to maintain and progress academically, socially, spiritually and behaviorally. Without this daily program, they tend to regress in all areas during the summer.
The Six Domains of S.O.A.R.
- Community Service
- Life Skills
- Arts & Crafts
- Leisure & Recreation
- Spiritual Development
- Fine Arts
Our Campus: 22 acres of Peace & Tranquility
Unlike a more metropolitan "center" facility that may only offer a single playground and one or two classrooms in which children may spend their summer, at Mission Road we are proud of our tranquil, wooded, 22-acre campus along the banks of the San Antonio River. Our campus offers children old world ranch-style grounds featuring:
- Brand New Gym with Air Conditioning
- Pool with Lift for Children in Wheelchairs
- Covered Pavilion with Movie Screen
- Fully-Stocked Life Skills Kitchen
- TWO Playgrounds
- Academic Classroom
- Arts & Crafts Classroom
- Fine Arts & Discovery Room
- Quiet Sensory Room
- Soccer Field
- Sports Court with Basketball Hoops
- Quarter-Mile Walking Trail
- and more!
Please enjoy a virtual tour of our campus by CLICKING HERE.
To schedule your private campus tour, please contact Lynette Farrimond at (210) 334-2455 or at email@example.com
S.O.A.R. Field Trips:
- Fiesta Texas
- Sea World
- Morgan's Wonderland
- Witte Museum
- San Antonio Zoo
- Institute of Texan Cultures
- Movie Theater
- Special Olympics
- Nature Walks
- Swimming and Picnicing at Landa Park
- Heart Club
- San Antonio Aquarium
S.O.A.R. Calendar 2017:
- Week #1: June 12-16
- Week #2: June 19-23
- Week #3: June 26-30
- Week #4: July 3-7 (No SOAR classes July 4th)
- Week #5: July 10-14
- Week #6: July 17-21
- Week #7: July 24-28
- Week #8: July 31-4
- Week #9: Aug 7-10
S.O.A.R. Community Service Projects (We give back!):
- Baking and gardening at the Ronald McDonald House
- Beautifying San Antonio parks by painting benches and painting over graffiti
- Playing Bingo, singing and arts and crafts at nursing homes
- Meals on Wheels delivery
What can one person do? One person can change the life of a child by spending time talking to him or her, assisting with homework or baking cookies. Volunteers are one of the reasons why our S.O.A.R. program is such a success. Youth groups may volunteer for one week at a time or one day out of the week. Our volunteer program is director by Rev. Jim De Hoog.
At times, community teens who are at risk for the traditional debilitating problems of drug and alcohol abuse, gang activity, school drop out, pregnancy, incarceration, etc. are also included. These teens are paid a small stipend - an encouragement for consistent participation. But perhaps the greatest earnings they receive are the respect of the IDD children. They become role models - something almost always new to them. They gain remarkable self awareness and esteem. They take this with them back to their homes and schools - often achieving much more than they ever thought possible.
Children from the community may enroll in S.O.A.R. for the entire summer or may select specific weeks during which the care is required and most helpful to family schedules. For these children, S.O.A.R. is a private, fee-for-service program billed weekly and scaled to the child's individual level of need and the family's ability to pay.
Mission Road residential children who have been placed with us through Child Protective Services attend S.O.A.R. through the generosity of the community. Neither the state nor the federal government covers this important program for these children. The funds raised pay for staffing, programming, materials, meals, transportation, special field trips, etc.
Application & Release Forms:
The S.O.A.R. application and necessary release forms are available to you in two options, (1) interactive forms that may be completed online and immediately submitted to Mission Road, and (2) PDF form that may be downloaded, printed and completed by hand to be mailed or dropped off at Mission Road.
1. Online: The complete and submit these forms online, please click on the blue boxes below.
2. Print/Mail: The complete S.O.A.R. application including all required release forms may be downloaded, printed, completed by hand and mailed or dropped off at Mission Road. Please click on the link below to open and download this PDF form for your immediate use.
S.O.A.R. Application PDF - download
For more information, contact Norma Gaitan, Lead SOAR Facilitator, at (210) 334-2432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The S.O.A.R. brocure is attached here as a PDF file. You are welcome to download, save, print, read and distribute! S.O.A.R. Brochure PDF