Special Needs Ministry

If you know of a family who has a family member with an intellectual and development disability and they would like to be part of the Ridgecrest STARs Ministry, please have them contact Beth Bennett.

The following is a list with details concerning programs Ridgecrest sponsors for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  (You can download medical release and consent forms located at the bottom of this page).

Sunday Morning Life Group


Each Sunday morning at 9:00am in Room 102, “The Yellow Room.” For more information, contact Charlane Wall at 601-906-7651 or charlane.wall@gmail.com.

Children:  For children with special needs, we have a mainstream setting with one-on-one support each Sunday morning at 9:00am.  Contact person is Stacie Albritton, 601-853-1090 x37.

Parent's Night Out

Parents’ Night Out is held three to four times a year on Saturday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm in the RAC (gym).  Supper is provided and is theme-based for fun activities. This program also includes siblings up to 5th grade so the parents can have time out.  A Registered Nurse is present at all times. The volunteer ratio is more than adequate. There is never any charge to attend. For more info you can contact Charlane Wall at 601-906-7651 and charlane.wall@gmail.com.. 

STARs (Special Teens and Adults at Ridgecrest) 

This is a special area outreach program for developmentally delayed young people and adults over the age of 15.  STARs is an activity program that has an activity or event approximately every six (6) weeks, usually on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons.  This is a program for families, but sometimes gives parents a break from care.  The program has many volunteers who truly love this population.  These events are held throughout the community such as picnic at Old Trace Park, out to eat at a local restaurant, parties at Ridgecrest Activities Center, Braves Baseball Game in the special suites, Cook-Outs at CC Ranch and other locations. We enjoy Fun Nights Bowling, going to Pump It Up or the Children's Museum, and special holiday dinners with entertainment, etc.  The emphasis is on having FUN together, parents included. Due to limited space, siblings are not included. There usually is no charge for these events.  For more information please contact Beth Bennett at 601.853.1090 x61.
If you have questions about anything related to our Special Needs Ministry at Ridgecrest not answered on this page, feel free to contact Beth Bennett, our Special Needs Ministry Coordinator.




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