Families with Special Needs

Our Special Needs ministry mission is to create an accepting and inclusive church environment for children and students impacted by special needs and to support those families through various programs and events. We have a One on One Buddy program, a Parents of Special Needs Support Group, and offer family events throughout the year.

One-on-One Buddy Program

Our program serves kids with special needs (birth-college aged) at the Raleigh, Holly Springs and Morrisville campuses.

We match your child with a consistent volunteer who provides support to help them participate in an inclusive setting during our children or student ministry programs.

Request a buddy

Interested in volunteering? We need volunteers who have a passion for special needs to serve in our One-on-One Buddy Program. No experience is necessary.


Parents of Special Needs Support Group

Our monthly support group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Raleigh campus. Our goal is for our Special Needs Families to connect, feel encouraged and supported along their journey. We welcome all parents in the community affected by special needs.

We will have guest speakers throughout the year on various relevant topics. No childcare is provided at this time.


Check out all of the Special Needs ministry events on the events calendar.

Contact us

For questions about our Special Needs Ministry, contact the special needs coordinator at 919-532-0620 X237 or email specialneeds@gethope.net.

Special Needs Coordinators

Diana Teal

Family stories

Watch this testimonial from the Pack family as they share their experience with the One-on-One Buddy Ministry at Hope.


My husband and I can now worship together knowing that Claire is safe and cared for by someone who knows her issues and accepts her as the child of God she is! We are thrilled to be a part of the Buddy Ministry and feel that her buddy, Cathy, is part of our family!"
– Carolyn M. (Morrisville campus)

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