Ability Tree | Arkansas

Welcome to Arkansas

The founders of Ability Tree, Joe and Jen Butler were college students, studying pastoral ministry, when their son Micah was diagnosed with developmental disabilities. They would go on to pastor for five years before founding Ability Tree, a faith-based nonprofit organization, in 2010. Joe and Jen have three children, and a personal understanding of the impact of disability on the family.

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Our Adult Programming

Ability Camp

Our very own summer camp for adults with disabilities!
Oklahoma camp takes place in August at New Life Ranch Frontier Cove.
It is our favorite week of the summer and it is full of dance parties, outdoor activities, making friends, and deepening their relationship with the Lord.
Who: Open to Members and Non-members!
Age: Must be 18+

Art Ability

Art Ability is our Art Program that offers weekend classes as well as a 6-week course twice a year for all different ages.
It is a great way to learn while having fun creating.
We also offer other art events throughout the year and encourage individuals of all ages to participate.

Who: Open to Members and Non-members!
Age: Varies
Price: Varies on class

Connections

Connections is a social group for adults that exists to create relationships and encourage community among peers with and without special needs.
Who: Open to Members and Non members!
Age: 18+
Price: Free
To get notified of events:
TEXT: "ATConnect" to 479-244-2406

Connections University (CU)

Geared towards adults with disabilities ages 18-30.
The students will experience class at Ability Tree, as well as spend time on John Brown University campus. The program is Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm during the school year.

Students will learn social and life skills, complete projects, and take trips into the community.
Who: Open to Members and Nonmembers, Ages 18-30
Price: $1400 per semester
Must apply for the program.
Contact Rebecca Hunter for more info:
rebecca@abilitytree.org

School Age Programming

After School

Monday-Thursday every week from 3:30 - 5:30pm, children with special needs in K-12th grade will spend their time playing games and being active.
They are put into groups to get to know each other and our awesome volunteers. They have the opportunity to play in all of our speciality rooms such as sensory play, sensory learning, the gym, craft room, and calming room, as well as our outside area.
Who: Members only (MVP children only)
Price: Varies upon the amount of days per week

Art Ability

Art Ability is our Art Program that offers weekend classes as well as a 6-week course twice a year for all different ages. It is a great way to learn while having fun creating.
We also offer other art events throughout the year and encourage individuals of all ages to participate.
All of Art Ability is hosted at our art studio and store
in downtown Siloam Springs.
Who:Open to Members and Nonmembers! Age varies from class to class
Price varies class to class

MVP League

A 4-6 week program that focuses on a specific sport and is taught by a team from John Brown University or a partnering organization. Students will complete drills, learn more about the game, and learn what it means to be a part of a team. No experience is necessary.

Who: Members (MVP children only, with siblings being offered available spots)
Price: Based on time span and Sports Team available

Stay & Play

Various times throughout the week and one Saturday per month, our facility will be available for parents/guardians to come play with their children in their favorite space.
This time is open for both members and non-members of all abilities to come enjoy time in our facility.

Who: All Members get 4 hours free per month
(Open to MVPs, siblings, and community members)
Open to Nonmembers
Price: $10 per hour, per child,

Parent’s Night Out

Typically offered on the first four Fridays of each month,
Sept - May from 6:00 - 9:30pm, parents and caregivers can enjoy a night out and some
REST while the Ability Tree Team takes care of the children (MVPs and their siblings).
Ability Tree members typically can attend once a month.

Who: MVP Members Only (MVPs and siblings only)
Price: Included in MVP Monthly Membership Fee

Stop, Drop and Play

Primarily held during the summer months, this is an opportunity for you to drop off your students for two-three hours of play, supervised by AT staff and volunteers.

Who: All Members (MVPs and Siblings, and Community Members)
Price: $10 per child per day

Questions about programming or membership?

Meet the Arkansas team.

Maddy Schultz

Executive Director
maddy@abilitytree.org

Karla Singer

Recreation Director
karla@abilitytree.org

Rebecca Hunter

Education Director
rebecca@abilitytree.org

Carrie Lane

Family Support Director
carrie@abilitytree.org

Grace Brand

Communications Coordinator
grace@abilitytree.org

Mackenzie Porter

Advocacy Coordinator
mackenzie@abilitytree.org

Amelia Vincent

Program Coordinator
amelia@abilitytree.org

Lisa Burks

Volunteer Coordinator
arvolunteer@abilitytree.org

Additional Staff

Joe Coleman, Connections University Assistant
Addy Newsom, Connections University Assistant
Hope Ahnfeldt, Program Assistant
Emily Flaming, Work Study

Ability Tree | Arkansas Location

PO BOX 7168 Siloam Springs, AR 72761

EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIPS

Thank you to all those corporations and organizations that financial support the mission of Ability Tree. Our kids and families thank you!

John Brown University

The Chamber

Lazboy

Simmons