Donovan’s Door welcomes families with special needs children to be part of our family at Los Altos UMC.
We began organizing special support a few years ago for a preschooler named Donovan so that his mother could attend church on a regular basis. It soon became clear that other families would benefit from similar assistance, and Donovan’s Door began to grow. Our mission is to open that “door” that allows families to grow in faith by providing loving care for children and teaching them about God’s love for them, while at the same time providing opportunities for parents to nurture their own spiritual needs. Our Special Needs Coordinator is Mackenzie Elmer.
For more information or to register, contact Donovan’s Door.
Children are welcomed for Sunday School every Sunday at 9:30am in the Children’s Center Multi, where they are partnered one-on-one with a teacher for the Sunday School hour. Each child joins their grade level class to enjoy social, friendship-building time, and to participate in the day’s activity, if possible. They then return to the Resource Center/Library for some quiet Bible story time and parent pick-up.
Parent Support Group
A support group for parents meets occasionally. Check the church calendar or contact Donovan’s Door for the next meeting date.
No-cost Respite Nights are offered quarterly at LAUMC. Parents can take time for themselves while special needs children and their siblings are cared for. For upcoming dates and more information, contact Mackenzie Elmer.