Welcome to MSS
Magnolia Specialized Services provides opportunities and choices for those with developmental delays and disabilities. Among these opportunities are individualized day programs that address applicable goals and objectives such as:
-Speech, occupational and physical therapies
-Adult Group home and apartment living arrangements
-Employment within Magnolia Specialized Specialized Services, paying at least minimum wage
-Transportation to and from day programs, to places in the community, to Special Olympics events and to selected vacation destinations
- The provision of skilled staff to assist individuals in their homes, in order to allow for more independent living.
Fall 2017 has been jam packed with activities for our adults and preschoolers.
At the end of October, the adult clients and staff hosted a Fall Festival for the preschool children, in the Wes Weiser gym. The adults and staff worked hard decorating the gym, planning and preparing games and prizes, and then running the festival. The children enjoyed a cake walk, fall pictures, ring toss, face painting and more.
In early November, all children and adults traveled to Story Arena on the Southern Arkansas University campus, where the SAU Rodeo held a hands on rodeo event. Students had a chance to try roping, stick horse racing, face painting and many other activities. A special thanks to the SAU Rodeo team, who have sponsored this event for the last several years. The students and clients really enjoy themselves each year.
On the heels of the rodeo, a group of adult clients visited the SAU pig barn, where Agriculture students gave a presentation on raising pigs. Thank you, SAU Ag Students!
On November 15, MSS Volleyball teams competed in the annual Special Olympics Volleyball tournament. MSS represented with two teams, a traditional team with all MSS athletes, and a unified team, composed of athletes and staff. Both teams won gold medals in their divisions.
Pumpkin Patch Visit
On October 25, the adult clients and staff enjoyed a trip to the pumpkin patch at Asbury Methodist Church. It was the perfect activity on a beautiful fall day. Thank you to the pumpkin patch staff for making it a great excursion. Each client brought a pumpkin back to the center, where it will be decorated for our Halloween festivities. See more pictures below.
We are so proud of our athletes and partners! Chad (flag football), Dion (basketball) Priscilla (unified bocce) and Craig (track and field) were chosen to represent Arkansas at the USA Games in Seattle this year. Staff member Drew Moore was also chosen to be a partner to Priscilla on the unified bocce team. Congrats to all!
Goodbye to the Jobst Family!
The adult clients and staff threw a farewell party for our friends, Pastor Jim and Mrs. Vivian Jobst, on August 16th. Pastor Jim is the former pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, and the Jobst's have participated in our singing programs and volunteered for many events. We will miss them, but wish them the best of everything in their new home in Minnesota.
Bridget "Shell" Gulley
July 9, 1983-July 11, 2017
With great sadness, we said goodbye to our dear friend, co-worker, and MSS family member, Bridget "Shell" Gulley, after a brave battle with cancer. Bridget began at Magnolia Specialized Services on 1/6/2005 working as a teacher for children ages 3 to 5 who have special needs. In addition, Bridget drove a van to transport the children and adults to school every day. Bridget was loved by all, and made a difference in the lives of many children in her twelve years. Bridget is missed by all, and will be forever in our hearts.
Mardi Gras Celebration