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Ability Tree

Ability Tree Roots:

Ability Tree was founded in 2010 by Joe and Jen Butler, the parents of three children, one with special needs. Families with children with special needs face challenges above and beyond what typical families face on a daily basis, and the Butlers’ life mission is to come alongside other families like their own.


To come alongside families impacted by disability through Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (R.E.S.T.).


To create inclusive and supportive communities where individuals and families affected by disability can enjoy healthy relationships in their neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, and churches.

Arkansas Team Members

Joe Butler

Joe and his wife Jen are the founders of Ability Tree. The Butlers have three children, their middle child, Micah, has multiple special needs. Joe is an ordained minister and missionary with the Assemblies of God, and holds a B.A. in Bible from the University of Valley Forge and an M.A. in Disability Studies from California Baptist University.

Jen Butler

Jen is the co-founder of Ability Tree and the artistic inspiration for everything we do. She is a strategic leader who manages many day-to-day duties. She is currently finishing up a B.A. in Art from Liberty University and looks forward to using her additional skills to expand the art program with Ability Tree.

Amy Dunn

Amy is the Director of Family and Team Member Relations. She helps new and existing families get plugged in to Ability Tree programming and works with the team members who volunteer with us each week. Amy has a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Early Childhood Development.

Maddy Schultz

Maddy is the Program Director at Ability Tree. She helps to grow current programs and create new programming. One area of focus for Maddy is launching Connections, the Ability Tree program for adults, as well as planning the monthly family events in the community. Maddy has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, as well as a M.S. in Special Education.

Board of Directors

Ability Tree is led by a team of people passionate about the mission. Our volunteers are the heart of the organization.


Joe Butler

Co-founder & President

Jen Butler

Co-founder and Secretary

Michelle Page


Leslie Porter

Parent & Advocate

Mitch Wright

IT Department, Walmart

Russ Schultz

Director of Operations, New Life Ranch

Johnathan Reynolds

Associate Pastor, The Assembly

Michael Smith

Lead Pastor Journey Church

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ARKANSAS (National)
P.O. Box 6929
Siloam Springs, AR 72761

1311 Ferris Ave, Suite A
Waxahachie, TX 75167

P.O. Box 480
Windsor 08561


14391 Spring Hill Dr. #192
Spring Hill, FL 34609

96 Masters Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084


Ability Tree is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.