Because Reality Ministries knows how critical it is for our population to stay connected with others because we are so often isolated, they learned ways to keep people laughing, playing games and learning new things through Zoom and distanced activities such as drive-in movies and fun outdoor programs. Many of their staff and volunteers would drop materials off at participant's homes for arts and crafts and cooking as well as occasionally doing outdoor and distanced visiting of people at their homes. They ultimately learned that there is more than one way to connect with people and that they had to keep trying to create ways that were effective until something worked and they will never un-learn that.
Reality Ministry's mission is to create opportunities for adults with and without developmental disabilities to experience belonging, kinship and life-changing Reality of Christ's love. Reality Ministries is rooted in the all-inclusive love of Jesus and the belovedness of every person. Their community includes all sorts of difference…ability, race, ethnicity, faith, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, theological perspective, socioeconomic status, citizenship, language. Committed to fostering a community of respect and standing against all forms of discrimination, they seek to be a community of welcome where inherent dignity is affirmed, diverse gifts are celebrated, and sacredness of every person is valued. Reality Ministries is a place where people of all abilities share life together through great activities and programs. Reality fosters friendship amongst people of all abilities marked by mutuality, authenticity and the reality of Christ's love for all.
Volunteer Opportunities include:
- Be a friend with one of Reality's friends with a disability
- Weekly daytime and evening programs
- Cooking lunch for daytime programs
- Reality Café team
- Reality Farm workdays
- Building and grounds
- One-time group projects
- Field Trips
Prefer volunteers who are at least 18 years old but younger volunteers are sometimes allowed to volunteer along with the support of their parents.