The Little Light House Story
Steeped in a tradition of academic and therapeutic excellence, the Little Light House is a tuition-free Developmental Center that for over three decades has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children with special needs. Founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Little Light House opened its first affiliate school in Central Mississippi, in January of 2006. Located at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 620 Briarwood Drive in Jackson, the Little Light House – Central Mississippi is financially and operationally independent of its parent school in Tulsa.
When we started we had 6 employees (including 3 therapists), a few volunteers and 5 students. In 2014, we have 14 employees, many dedicated volunteers and 32 beautiful students. God has been faithful to provide for us even during difficult times. We feel very strongly that LLH should never take on debt. That is why we are so very appreciative of every donations, regardless of amount. Gifts from $10 to $25,000 have all come together to make this possible.
Families with children with special needs already incur a mountain of medical debt, so we are a tuition-free facility. We have 4 major fundraising events a year. Our Garden Party, Golf Tournament, Laps for Little Ones and a 5k run are our major events. We gladly accept donations throughout the year.
The Little Light House serves children age birth through six with special needs. Our students come from a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds, and have been diagnosed with developmental delays resulting from physically and mentally challenging conditions. Their disabilities include Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hydrocephaly, Autism, and a range of other disorders.
How can you help?
We always need volunteers to help in the class room. This consists of being able to play in the floor with our kids! Doesn’t that sound fun? How long as it been since you had child-like play? Use your imagination…laugh and know that because of your ability to play, you made a very special kids day!
If you can’t play, then you can work! We have opportunities available for volunteers in the office. Answering phones, helping with mailings and various other duties.
Our families hear so many things that their children may never do. After all, science can only go so far…and then there’s God. LLH operates in the world of possibilities, where miracles can happen everyday.
Not only has God worked to expand this ministry, He has also blessed the work of our teachers and therapists. Since opening, many students have learned to walk read, tell their numbers and overcome major barriers to eating. Some have transitioned into a preschool for typically developing children, and all are are making new friends. The list of accomplishments goes on every day.
If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please volunteer, donate now, or visit our fundraising page to learn the ways your time and contributions can help.
Our guiding scripture is:
”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, ”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11