Soaring Unlimited Haiti has developed initiatives to help address the needs of Haitian people, including medical care, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, housing, and education and training for children, youth, and adults. Soaring Unlimited Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 in the United States, and operating in the Cap Haitien area in Northern Haiti. We employ, partner with, and engage many local Haitians and their organizations, as well as working with a variety of congregations, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits based in the U.S. Our Executive Director is Rev. Laura Alexander Elliott, an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist denomination who serves as a missionary and is appointed to community outreach ministry. Pastor Laura works with a Board of Directors based in Michigan, which is led by President Tom Hanna.
The mission of Soaring Unlimited Haiti is to work in partnership with the people of the greater Cap Haitien community to enhance their quality of life and empower them in the areas of medical services, education, and community development.
The vision of Soaring Unlimited Haiti is to become a centralized community location for families and individuals to convene, receive services, and engage in education and training opportunities, with an emphasis on women and children's health, nutrition, and sanitation, as well as other ongoing identified community development initiatives that meet local needs.
Values (Key Elements in Conducting Organization Business & Programs/Services):
• Commitment • Inclusion • Communication • Integrity • Compassion • Love • Education • Cultural Respect • Faith-Rooted • Sustainability
There's an ancient African proverb that says if you're not born into the right tribe, it is your life's quest to search for and find it. In Celtic Christian theology, it's called the House of Belonging.
This is how I feel about becoming a part of Soaring Unlimited Haiti. Spending time with the precious people of a poor but beautiful little mountainous island surrounded by the great big sea. Collaborating with others who come here to build cross-cultural relationships and bridges of hope, as well as offer compassion and strive for justice in a struggling and broken world. Working with so many of you who support and pray for Soaring, who want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Indeed, I have found my tribe!
I love my family, friends, and colleagues dearly, and I've always been grateful for the folks in the church and nonprofit ministry settings where I have served, yet God continues to call, my Methodist Bishop thankfully continues to send me, and ultimately, I believe I've been planted in and equipped for a missionary ministry that is a culmination of my life's vocation.
So here I sit, "under the mango tree," a lustrous, fruit-bearing, shade-making tower of strength, symbolic of this Caribbean nation, ready to fulfill my Ordained Deacon's Orders to "serve the poor, the sick, and the oppressed, to lead others in ministries of compassion and justice, and to interpret to the church the needs of the world."
Amen. So Be It.
We share with you our excitement and gratitude about the miraculous news that we have recently received another major donation from a charitable foundation grant—garnered for us through our construction partner Building Goodness Foundation—that enables Soaring Unlimited Haiti to fulfill our fundraising goal for our planned Women's Health & Birthing Center in this, our 25th year!
We are now scheduled to begin construction on the facility Fall of 2019, after having held the ceremonial groundbreaking this past April and building the three "outbuildings" (Tikays) that will service the main facility. We will focus this summer on fencing the property for safety and security. Our intention is to complete and open the center by the end of 2020.
We have crossed the funding threshold for constructing the facility; however, fund-raising efforts continue, as we move into "Furnishings” and “Operational Startup” Phases. Further donations will be utilized to purchase much-needed equipment, furniture and supplies to operate the center, along with additional staffing, programming, and administration. We continue to require financial support for our ongoing agency operations, including our long-time educational/leadership and medical/nutrition programs and services, which are growing through expansion, collaboration, and community development efforts.
Our shared vision for Soaring Unlimited to provide a safe place for women in rural northeast Haiti to give birth and receive life-saving and life-giving related health services is coming to fruition ~ we give gratitude to God, and to each of you—our faithful supporters, partners, and donors, as we celebrate this important milestone. We express great thanks to every individual donor, family, church partner—particularly Central United Methodist Church of Traverse City—philanthropic foundations, and all others who have contributed financially and in-kind, and who have prayed, kept the faith, and taken the leaps-of-faith called for to help make this dream come true and this vision become a reality in our 25th Anniversary Year!