For almost 50 years, Mays Mission for the Handicapped has been providing opportunities to people with disabilities. We are a religious, charitable, nondenominational, nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the physically and spiritually disabled and promoting awareness of the potential of individuals with disabilities.
Being a 501(c)(3), we are supported through charitable contributions from our faithful and loyal supporters. Because of the generous nature of our donors, we are able to provide services like On-The-Job training, scholarships, camperships, referral services, emergency monetary assistance, awareness education, and goodwill.
Mays Mission for the Handicapped was established on the premise that "everyone deserves a chance." Our founder, Ewing W. Mays, was a combat-wounded WWII veteran who lost both legs. He knew firsthand the difficulties of finding employment. In creating Mays Mission for the Handicapped, he was determined to change the way people view those with disabilities.
Mays Mission for the Handicapped offers hope to people who no one else may care about. We provide worthwhile employment to handicapped persons from all walks of life and teaches the word of God in accordance with Christian ethics and principles.
Mays Mission also sponsors activities for handicapped children; assists disabled adults to find proper housing, transportation, or medical attention; and makes grants to other institutions or organizations to benefit the handicapped, such as hospitals.
While Mays Mission will assist a disabled individual to the maximum extent possible, we are focused on serving those in rural Arkansas and the Ozark Mountains region, an area that is generally economically depressed and suffers from a relatively high unemployment rate, hence few job opportunities for the handicapped.
Our primary purpose is to help handicapped persons improve their job skills through on-the-job training, which will help in creating jobs for them. A main objective is to help the employees who are being trained to achieve economic stability and independence in their lives. Therefore, it is most important that the collateral purpose of assisting them to obtain better employment is carried forth with as much vigor as the actual training.
In addition to its employment and training programs, the Mission also provides spiritual guidance to handicapped persons who are home or bed bound, or live in a residential care facility through its visitation program.
Mays Mission educates the public that, with appropriate training, individuals with disabilities are "handicapable" and serves as a "school for citizenship" both to encourage employers to hire the handicapped and to teach the public how to interact with disabled individuals, particularly in the workplace.