The Orchard congregation offers a small break to parents of special needs children

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Being the parents of a special needs child is exhausting, so a Tupelo church is setting aside an evening when these couples can take a break and catch their breath.
The Orchard, a United Methodist Congregation in west Tupelo, is providing free childcare for special needs kids Friday from 6-8 p.m.
The idea sprang from one of the church’s weekly small group meetings.
“We know that the divorce rate is high for parents of special needs kids, and that’s partly because of the stresses they face,” said Cissie Cobb, a member of the small group.
The church is encouraging parents to pre-register their children on Thursday from 6-8 p.m., so that the children can get to know their baby sitters before they’re dropped off on Friday.
The group welcomes special needs children between six-years-old and middle school age. Cobb said they can accommodate 10 children for this, the first session.
The children will enjoy games, puzzles and, as Cobb put it, “constant stimulation,” under the supervision of two adult caregivers per child. Those caregivers will include a physician and a nurse practicioner.
For more information call 844-3310 or stop by The Orchard at 1379 North Coley Road in Tupelo.

Contact Galen Holley at 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com

For more details
For more information about the Orchard child care program, call (662) 844-3310 or stop by The Orchard at 1379 North Coley Road in Tupelo.