Special Ministries of Livingston County is over forty years old. Each decade has celebrated positive changes in the number of participants served, the variety of programs offered, and the number of volunteers serving has increased to make it all happen.

    It was founded in 1972 by Linda Anderson (wife of the former St. George Lutheran minister) who offered religion education classes for five or six high school students. From this one class the ministry truly blossomed.

The next few years she held monthly social events for people living with disabilities and their family members. 

In 1980, Special Ministries was incorporated as a 501(C3) nonprofit agency under the auspices of St. George Lutheran and St. Patrick Catholic Churches. They also became a United Way funded agency in 1981. 

Support came from a variety of community and service organizations: The Knights of Columbus Councils Of Livingston County, Brighton Lions Club,  Livingston Civitan’s Club, Livingston Women’s Club, the Brighton Ministerial Association, these are just a few.

One of the most important grants that began in 1989, was the state of Michigan Specialized Services Transportation funding. This was administered by the Arc of Livingston County.  Most all the transportation usage is through L.E.T.S. Special Ministries provided over 9,000 hours of programs for over 225 participants and over 3,000 one-way rides to these events in 2011 - 2012. 

In 1994 Special Ministries had up to 50 participants. The years following had increased membership due to the Brighton Community Education Therapeutic Recreation Programs closing. 

1997 was the first annual Bowling Tournament and Banquet sponsored by the Livingston Women’s Club. This great event transformed to the All Sports’ Banquet, our annual June event. This event honors all of the participant involved in Special Ministries sports: bike riding, joy walking, swimming, golfing, softball, swimming, etc. A fundraising campaign was held to broaden the base of awareness and support. From this 175 churches were added to the mailing list, and 2003’s Livingston County United Way funding enabled the programs to be held year around. 

The first Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser was held in 2004. Matching funds came from the Livingston County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The program participation now reached 170 members.

In 2005 Special Ministries expanded its community involvement by being part of the Howell Fantasy of Lights Celebration creating the Gingerbread House displays and a Gingerbread float. This year Special Ministries was given a special grant from the Sisters of the Precious Blood (Maria Anna Brunner Fund) that provided opportunities for participants to attend worship services, dinners, and classes focusing on healthy relationships and improving communication skills. This grant was extended through 2011.

In 2006 Special Ministries grew by adding a venture crew Boy Scout troop, a new music therapy program, and joining the Community Day Coupon Book fundraiser at Elder-Beerman, which raised over $3,000 at the 2011 Fall Community Day event.

Special Ministries of Livingston County became the official name in 2008.

Allison Reimondo, a beloved participant, passed away in 2010 and created an outpouring of donations and the creation of the Allison Reimondo Memorial Fund.

It had been and continues to be, the goal of Special Ministries to provide a multifaceted range of quality programs that support people live with disABILITIES. It encourages and helps them discover their full potential for social, emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual growth.  

Special Ministries provided over 9,000 hours of programs for over 225 participants and over 3,000 one-way rides to these events in 2011 – 2012 with an average of 11 – 13 programs per month.