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Special Blessings

Director of Family Ministries:  Menita Mercuri 

The mission of DUMC’s Special Blessing Ministry is to support children, youth, and young adults with exceptional needs and their families within the life of the church. We offer a variety of programs and events for children and adults with special needs, providing opportunities to socialize with peers, improve self-esteem, learn new social skills, and increase independence.

Our goals are...

1.  To continuously find ways to educate the congregation about all types of 
      exceptional needs in order to nurture a loving, caring, and accepting environment for families who have children with exceptional needs.
2.  To support (the) children by providing buddies/mentors for them during children and youth programming.
3.  To support (the) parents by sponsoring support group and parent night out 

For more information, contact Menita Mercuri.

Have a child, teen, or young adult with exceptional needs? 

We invite you to be a part of Special Blessings here at DUMC!  Please complete our online parent questionnaire, below. Once submitted, you will be contacted about having an interview with two members of our Special Blessings Ministry Team.  During this interview, we will explore how we can be in ministry together.  



A 2014 Confirmation class was offered for teens with exceptional needs.
The class met for six sessions on Sundays at 10:45 a.m., with Confirmation Sunday held in May.  Three youth in Grades 8-12 attended and plan to join the church! (Confirmands may join with the group during the worship service or privately.) Buddies who wish to go through Confirmation were also welcome to attend class.

The Special Blessings Ministry Team is currently exploring options for young adults with exceptional needs. If this is an area of interest to you and/or your family, please contact Menita Mercuri.

Special Blessings Buddy Teams

Youth and Adults Volunteers serve as buddies for our children and youth with exceptional needs.  Teams are formed upon request and availability.  Contact Menita Mercuri if you would like to serve as a buddy or request a team during a child/youth program or class.

RESources our families find helpful

2017 speCial times of awareness

In an attempt to keep families who have children/teens/adults with special needs at the forefront, will be highlighting special awareness days of the diagnoses we know about within our DUMC family.  We will highlight those of which we are aware.

February 23 through March 1:  National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 7-14:  Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 6-10:  Feeding Tube Awareness Week

February 15:  International Angel Man Day

February 28:  Rare Disease Day

April 2:  World Autism Awareness Day

May:  Prader Willi Awareness Month

May 4:  National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 6-13:  Cleft Awareness Week

September 3-9:  Global Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

October:  ADHD Awareness

October:  Down Syndrome Awareness Month

November 22:  Emanuel Syndrome Day