The mission of EMBRACE is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive education by providing the resources to support these children in their home parish schools. In collaboration with the Catholic School Office of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, EMBRACE equips and engages our Catholic community to embrace all learners by providing grants, resources, partnerships, and awareness.   

Thanks to the support of over 200 generous donors and the matching challenge funds from the Dunn Family Foundation, we raised over $263,000 as part of our EMBRACE ALL Learners Campaign in 2018 which allowed us to award our second cycle of grants to support inclusive Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

EMBRACE 2019 grant recipients will be honored at our Second Annual EMBRACE Day on April 11, 2019 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Overland Park, KS.  Fr. Cullen will celebrate Mass at 5:30 pm followed by grant awards and a resource fair from 6:30-8:00 pm.  All are welcome to celebrate this incredible milestone with us and to connect with organization in the greater Kansas City area that provide resources for all children.

2019 EMBRACE Grant Recipients:

  • Bishop Ward: Full-time Resource Teacher

  • Bishop Miege: Full-time Resource Teacher

  • Holy Spirit: Full-time Resource Teacher

  • St. Paul’s: Full-time Resource Teacher

  • Resurrection: Part-time Enrichment Teacher

  • Holy Name: Part-time Enrichment Teacher

  • Ascension: Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum

  • St. Agnes: Tier II Math Curriculum

Our 2018 Grant Recipients are already seeing great results from the grants they were awarded last year.

  • Ascension:  Part-time Occupational Therapist

  • Curé of Ars: Math Curriculum

  • Holy Cross: Early Childhood/Primary Special Education

  • John Paul II: Part-time Enrichment Coordinator

  • Nativity: Part-time Occupational Therapist

  • Prince of Peace: Reading Curriculum

  • St. Agnes: Special Education Teacher

  • St. Ann: Part-time Enrichment Coordinator

  • St. James Academy: Special Education Teacher

  • St. Michael the Archangel: Part-time Speech-Language Pathologist


EMBRACE is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed by a committed group of parents, teachers, and advocates. If you are passionate about helping children with exceptionalities receive a quality Catholic education, browse our website to learn more.  Please share our mission, follow us on social media, volunteer, and donate to help us EMBRACE all learners.

All are WELCOME!

Jim Kernell

EMBRACE President and Chairman of the Board

Latest News

August 12, 2020

The school year for 2020 is going to look a little different than anyone could have imagined. Jill Reffett has encouraging words to conquer this coming year.

Father Cullen celebrated a beautiful Mass, blessing our work of helping Catholic schools be more inclusive of all learners. We are excited to welcome three schools from Wyandotte County this year to the list of grantees. Schools receiving grants for 2019: Bishop Ward High School Bishop Miege High School Holy Spirit Catholic School St. Paul Catholic School Resurrection Catholic School Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School Ascension Catholic School St. Agnes Catholic School Following Mass, we were joined by vendors and service providers from around Kansas City. Each group showcased their expertise in serving families and individuals with special needs....

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                   Perfect Wings: Perfect Wings provides children of all abilities the opportunity to learn and grow together in a Catholic school                          environment that promotes faith, acceptance, and helps children with exceptionalities to become successful learners.



Office of Special Needs Ministry: The mission of the Special Needs Ministry is to serve and support parishes in facilitating opportunities for a relationship with Christ by ensuring the fullest participation possible in the Catholic faith for all parishioners regardless of ability. Adopted by the Office of Special Needs Advisory Council July, 2017.



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Our phone number:

913-EMBRACE (913-362-7223)


Email: info@embraceks.org


Our resource center address: Holy Cross Parish 

8311 W. 93rd Street, OP KS 66212 Rm. 7

Our business address: 

8900 State Line Road Ste. 500, Leawood KS 66206