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Christmas is just around the corner and The Arc Northwest Mississippi would like to help you make your holiday “to do” list a little shorter.
Honor someone this holiday season with a donation in their name to The Arc Northwest Mississippi.  Our beautiful card inserts with original artwork designed by one of our members, Noah Curren, are a wonderful way to support individuals with disabilities in Northwest Mississippi this holiday season.  The amount of your donation will not be printed on the card.
You may purchase the card inserts and send them out yourself or The Arc Northwest Mississippi would be happy to send your holiday greetings for you.  Simply send us your list of names, addresses, and a personal message (or we can write one for you) and our team of Arc elves will personally hand write your cards and send them out this holiday season.
Card inserts may be purchased for a donation level of your choice.  To get our Arc elves busy writing your holiday greetings, please choose a donation amount of $10.00 or more per card.
Send an email to rebecca@thearcnwms.org or call (901) 907-9041 to get your card inserts or to send your holiday greetings today! 



Mississippi Department of Mental Health will be holding IDD Waiver informational meetings
at Longview Heights Baptist Church
on December 6 and 7.

 DMH frequently holds meetings but they are rarely in DeSoto County. Let's all make a BIG effort to come to one of these two meetings. We want to show DMH that we are a large community of people advocating for our loved ones with IDD. Please make plans to attend one of these two meetings and share this post with friends who could benefit from attending the meeting.

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Little House Art Project
Little House Art Project began as an idea born of an art program for special needs children. But, why stop with artistically gifted, special needs teens? Many teens yearn for art instruction.

Little House Art Project is an opportunity for all teens to learn more about the fundamentals of art. Studies in light sources, painting still life, and more will be explored in this series of classes with Artist Vicky Neyman (member of Olive Branch Art Council and Gallery 12: A Coterie of Artists).

AGES 12 to 18

Spring and Fall Classes
will be held the Second Saturday of the month,
April through June and August through October.

9:00 a.m. to Noon

$25 per session includes supplies
Limited seating - 15 max.

To reserve your spot go to
Click on Little House Art Project to register

For more class information:

2126 Stateline Road East
Southaven, Mississippi
(in the parking lot of Graceland Christian Church)

SEPTEMBER 10 (rsvp by September 7) -- Pastels
OCTOBER 8 (rsvp by October 5) -- Fall/Halloween Projects
NOVEMBER 12 (rsvp by November 9) -- Cartoon Storyboards
December 10 (rsvp by December 7) - Holiday Gift Art Projects


Attention Kroger Shoppers!  
Please click the link below and sign up for Community Rewards to support The Arc Northwest Mississippi.  
Every time you use your Kroger Card you will be helping people with special needs!


1.  Sign in or create an account.
2.  You can search for The Arc NWMS by name or you can search by our assigned number:  14251.
3.  Then use your Kroger Card to help The Arc Northwest Mississippi.


Bethlehem and Beyond
Drive Through Nativity

Longview Heights Baptist Church
4501 Goodman Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654

December 15-17
Come witness this unique presentation of the Gospel told in 11 scenes beginning with Isaiah's prophecy, traveling through Bethlehem, and then to the cross and beyond! Each evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hot chocolate, live animals, and a keepsake CD will help make this a memorable evening.

The parking lot opens at 6:00 p.m. each evening and closes at 8:30 p.m.
Buses are welcome.

This event is FREE as a gift to you from the family of faith at
Longview Heights Baptist Church!

On-site shuttle service with costumed tour guides available to enhance your experience!

Like our Facebook page! Just search “Bethlehem and Beyond” and stay up to date on our progress!

Scent Evidence K9
Human Scent Preservation Kit

Using a scent pad that has been correctly preserved within a sealed sterile jar reduces the start time of the K9 team.  When other articles, such as clothing, are used to collect the person's scent , it may be necessary to dismiss the scent of other people (e.g., other members of the household, law enforcement personnel, healthcare providers, etc.) whose scent may have contaminated these articles.
Having a scent pad that has been correctly preserved within a sealed sterile jar increases law enforcement and search personnel awareness of human scent discriminate K9 teams. Properly trained human scent discriminate K9 teams are capable of trailing in high traffic areas, on multiple types of surfaces, with trails that are over 24 hours old and vehicle trails.

*Each kit comes with a jar, lid, sterile gauze pad, tamper proof tape, label and instruction booklet.

To get your own Human Scent Preservation Kit contact Director William Nichols with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department at (901) 282-7473 or email him at wnichols@desotocountyms.gov.

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is hosting its 10​-Week ​Fall Lesson Session starting September 12​, 2016.  

 ​Lessons will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday! 

We have a limited number of new rider spots available, and we'd love to be able to serve as many people as can benefit through equine therapy!

Therapeutic Riding Lessons target physical, social and recreational goals for each individual participant. Southern Reins offers group lessons with 2-4 riders in each class.  Classes are 45-50 minutes long and include mounting, exercise and skills development, and dismounting. We also offer 30-minute private lessons. Benefits include improvements in strength, balance and fine motor skills, enhanced socialization and communication, improved learning engagement and retention, and greater self-confidence and skill ability.
Ginna Rauls
Volunteer & Community Outreach Director
Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy
6070 Poplar Avenue, Ste. 750
Memphis TN 38119
901-246-9496 (cell)

Our mission is to serve individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship by providing equine activities and therapeutic riding to empower, inspire, nurture and succeed.

S.N.A.A.P. (Special Needs Athletic & Aquatic Program)
In collaboration with the DeSoto County Schools and the Olive Branch YMCA, S.N.A.A.P. is a program that gives children with special needs (ages 3 to 16) the opportunity to build healthy spirit, mind, and bodies through fun programming that promotes movement and exercise.

Did you know you can sign up for grocery pick up?

The Kroger Store located at 3095 Goodman Road East in Southaven, MS offers this service and can be found at https://www.kroger.com/storecatalog/clicklistbeta/#/.

The Wal Mart located at 7950 Craft Goodman Frontage Road in Olive Branch, MS also has begun offering this service. Start shopping at https://grocery.walmart.com/usd-estore/m/register/signin-only.jsp

Please feel free to take advantage weekly of the special needs programs in your area:

Stars In Motion Hernando
569 Olivia Lane
Hernando, MS 
(662) 349-6422

Dance classes for ages 8-18, ongoing each Tuesday 5:30-6:15
Contact: starsinmotion@yahoo.com

Longview Heights Baptist Church
4501 Goodman Road
Olive Branch, MS 38654
(662) 895-1900
Four Friends Special Needs Ministry

Longview Point Baptist Church 
1100 McIngvale Road
Hernando, MS 38632
(662) 449-1044
Hidden Treasures Special Needs Ministry

Getwell Road United Methodist Church
7875 Getwell Road
Southaven, MS 38672
(662) 349-3680

Cornerstone Church
5998 Elmore Road
Southaven, MS 38671
(662) 349-0216