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Thanks for your support of Mays Mission for the Handicapped.

Reflection, Celebration and Resolution

A New Year always brings about a time of reflection, celebration and resolution. We think back on the good times and, too, some things we would rather forget and put behind us.

One of the bright spots here at Mays Mission is the fact that over half of our production department is people with disabilities. It’s pleasing to see people attempting to make something of their lives when it may be just as easy to sit back in an “easy chair” and do nothing. These people have made the decision to work for a living.

It always thrills me to see someone trying to better themselves by contributing to the system instead of being a burden on it. Although some of them may not make it in the outside world of helter-skelter competition, they choose to work here at Mays Mission.

One of the goals and part of our mission is to educate the public about the potential of people with disabilities. We do this not only through outreach programs and referral services but also through the printing of brochures and newsletters. These are printed, folded, inserted and mailed by our employees.

Our disabled employees put their heart and soul into these publications. We offer them the opportunity to work and be productive. When they seize this opportunity, in my opinion it’s reason to celebrate!

Call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org for a free copy of our brochure “On-The-Job Training” today. Here’s wishing you and your family and friends a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Consider Jesus…

Say the word “Christmas” and tell me the first thought that pops into your head. Was it trees, giving, Santa Claus, season, children? If so, do not feel alone. Our culture has changed. What once used to be a sacred, solemn, Christian celebration has turned into a lack-luster “religious” time where merchants cash in on seasonal profits.

We have taken Christ out of Christmas by choice. The baby Jesus, born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes, probably the most humble of beginnings for a king, ranks low on the list when it comes to the focal point of this celebratory time. Santa Claus, decoration contests, and credit card debt have taken the place of giving thanks for the greatest gift ever given – God, in the form of man (Philippians 2:5-7, KJV).

Thank God, there is always hope! We can make the decision to make this Christmas Christ-centered. Is it wrong to give gifts? No way! Give them in the spirit of God giving us the Savior of the world. Decorate as though you were preparing for the King’s arrival. Last and most important, consider Jesus. Truth is truth. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 KJV). This is without a doubt the greatest gift ever given.

Have a blessed, Christ-centered Christmas and feel free to share in the comments section. And if you or someone you know is disabled and has travel plans this holiday season call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org for a free copy of our brochure “The Disabled Traveler” and thank you for supporting Mays Mission for the Handicapped as we go into our 50th year of service to the disabled.

What is this gift giving all about?

            Many families open their presents on Christmas Eve; others the next morning. Whether it’s Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, there will be a group of individuals who will be working on this day. They will provide needed services for the world at large and specifically for those who are disabled or elderly.

            What is this gift giving all about? When the Three Wiseman visited the manger scene in Bethlehem to see The Christ Child, they brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh- unique gifts for a special person. God had provided the gift, the givers, and the receiver.

            There is no finer, precious gift than that which came to the world on what we now call Christmas Day – the tiny baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

            Other individuals have given gifts beyond their means including the widow who gave two coins. That was all she had. She gave them willingly – not expecting anything in return. The widow was in church that day and the chimes had not rung for years. There had not been a gift given that was worthy to hear the bells ring. However, upon this day the bells tolled for a long period of time.

            So, what is it that you can do for someone else this Christmas season? The greatest gift you can give is yourself.

            Many of the aging population are on a fixed budget, yet they want to do something. Bake a pie, send a card, use the telephone, or make a decision to spend some time with that special friend. Let them know that you care.

            Many physically disabled or frail elderly individuals cannot get out. They cannot go shopping by themselves or at all. Offer to take them or, if needed, take their list and do the shopping for them. While the recipient will feel good about your “gift of time,” you will receive the blessings.

            If you are looking for something to do during the holidays, extend your giving of time until next year. Look for a long-term care facility, an aging program of your choice. But just don’t give yourself during this time of year. After all, these individuals need you year round.

            What is the gift giving all about? Giving to someone else, so they will feel blessed. You, too, have a gift you can give to someone else.

            Christmas is a time of sharing with what God has blessed you. When celebrating this season, please include those in your community who do not have family or friends near. The employees and staff of Mays Mission wish you and your family a most blessed holiday season.

            For free information about disabilities, please call 888-503-7955, email us at info@maysmission.org, or write to us and thank you for all you do for the disabled.


It may seem like a trite statement to say that “we have so much to be thankful for,” as we hear it every year around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Yet, for the vast majority of US citizens, this statement holds undeniably true. We live in a land birthed in freedom from tyranny that continues on to this day.

Some friends of mine have a tradition of going to a “food kitchen” on Thanksgiving Day to assist in serving the homeless and those who just can’t afford a hot meal. They tell me of how humbling it is to see these folks wander in off the streets for a hot meal. It makes them feel so blessed to have a roof over their head and food on the table. In doing the kind deed of helping others, just as Christ told us to do, they come away from the food kitchen feeling abundantly blessed for being obedient to the call of serving.

In hearing this, let’s consider doing likewise. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a food kitchen. There are a myriad of ways to serve your fellow man in this day or any other day to give thanks for the bounty with which God has blessed you. Invite someone over for a meal. Offer to take them shopping or to get to an appointment. Run some errands for them. Invite them to church. Often just a smile or a handshake will brighten someone’s day!

There are countless ways to “love your neighbor.” Think about what you could do, then put those thoughts into action.

If you would like information on disabilities, please call 888-503-7955, write, or email info@maysmission.org. We have a variety of brochures that we offer at no charge.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Religious freedom for all

Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed and fully implemented in 1992, not all facilities were required to become “accessible.”  The ADA covered “public accommodations” but has no authority over private institutions and organizations. So let’s talk a bit about “places of worship.”

Churches, synagogues, fellowships or whatever a place of worship chooses to be called do not fall under the auspices, rules and guidelines of the ADA.  Because these institutions are private religious organizations, they are not required to become compliant with Title III of the ADA regarding “public accommodations.”

Now, I have been in many places of worship and have yet to find one where I can’t get through the doors.  Yet once inside, many an obstacle has been found.  Probably the most annoying and inconvenient situation is an inaccessible restroom.  Classrooms and the like can easily be made accommodating but once the plumbing is in place it’s difficult to change.

Situations like this can be very discouraging to people with disabilities.  As usual, changes can be made (and should be) but it’s usually a slow process.  Change will not be made until the problem area is brought to the attention of those in authority.

Check out your place of worship for accessibility issues and report your findings to those in authority.  Try to get a plan of action to make necessary changes.

In a land that was founded on religious freedom, would it be a shame if we all were not comfortable in our respective places of worship?

If you would like more information or one of our free brochures like “Making Your Community Accessible” call us toll free at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org. Thanks and please share in the comments section.


We can’t say enough about the importance of volunteerism. Ask any hospital, nonprofit organization or civic related agency and they will attest to the fact that volunteerism is their backbone, strength and support.

Volunteers do everything from answering the phone to driving busses and anything in between. Even professionals such as doctors, dentists and counselors often provide their services to clinics that offer care to low income families and individuals. Lawyers and paralegals often devote a certain amount of their time to those who could not afford their services on a walk-in basis. Volunteers often get out and do the leg-work that administrators just don’t have the time to do.

There are a vast variety of volunteer opportunities in every community. One of the advantages of giving your time is the array of work to do. Whatever your talents are, more than likely an organization in your community would be willing to put you to work using your skills.

So, what do you need to do to find out if you can assist an organization in your community? It’s as simple as calling and asking. Better yet, go to the agency and ask them personally if there is something you can do.

 Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Call your state office of volunteerism. They should be able to give you a variety of places that are always looking for people to assist. You can also turn to the Internet. Just type in the state or city you live in along with the word “volunteerism.”

Helping others is always rewarding. Become a volunteer today. You will see new faces, make new friends and feel better about yourself for what you’ve done for others from your heart!

If you would like more information call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org and please feel free to share in the comments section. Thanks!

Labor Day

Labor Day, always the first Monday in September, also known as the “workingman’s day”, has many roots and origins as with any other national holiday. It introduces a yearly national tribute to the hard work that workers have made to the prosperity and involvements of our country.

The severe depressive economic conditions of the late 1890’s caused layoffs and pay cuts to thousands of railroad workers. Workers walked off the job and protested and joined by mobs of non-union workers. President Cleveland called in 12,000 troops to end the dispute.

Legislation was rushed through Congress and the bill arrived on President Cleveland’s desk just six days after the troops had broken the strike. It was then that Labor Day was born. On June 28th 1894 it was an official national holiday.

Currently, in attempts to assist people with disabilities entering the competitive labor force, Mays Mission offers on-the-job training to people with disabilities. Individuals with a variety of disabilities from blindness to quadriplegia, mental illnesses to slow learners have come and gone. For many the training was successful. “Some come and find out that employment is just more than they can handle, yet others have been with us for over 30 years” said Mays Mission President Sherry Niehaus. “Some stay and call Mays Mission home while others move on into other employment avenues, which is what we’re all about.”

Give people a chance. If you can’t get your foot in the door, of potential employers who focus on disability instead of ability- the disabled don’t stand a chance. People with disabilities need continuing advocacy.

This Labor Day, help us celebrate by committing to encourage an employer to hire people with disabilities. It’s not about labor unions and high wages – it’s about giving capable workers a chance to prove that they are worthy of employment. For more information, please call us at 888-503-7955  or email us at info@maysmission.org for a variety of brochures. Thank you for supporting people with disabilities!

Good Neighbors

  The sweltering heat of summer is upon us.  Record-breaking temperatures have already hit the northeast.  We, here in the south, are always anticipating the “dog-days” of summer-but few can honestly say they enjoy the heat indices commonly above 105.

  A healthy able-bodied person may go to the lake for a swim or take a cool dip in a pool.  So refreshing and what a relief!  Yet, for many with disabilities these options are not available.  Therefore, one must take precautions not to get overheated in this volatile time of the year.  It is common for people with spinal cord injuries, such as myself, not to have the ability to perspire, which is the body’s natural cooling system.  Also, as some people age their skin loses elastins (elasticity) thus keeping the skin taut.  This, in turn, causes the body not to perspire as it should.  Over-heating leads to heat-stroke and heat-stroke may lead to death. 

  As friends and neighbors, make it a point to call or visit a friend with a disability or the elderly especially if they are without air conditioning or live alone.  Maybe you could invite them over for a cool sip of lemonade.  Sound silly?  Please do not feel that way.  This not only shows your caring and concern, you may save a life.  Do your part to help us all make it through the dog-days of summer! 

  Think about it!

Call us at 888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org for free informational brochures like “Heat Wave – Heat Protection Safety” to show how you can help. And if you have any other advice please share in the comments section. Thanks!

Vacation Time

Everyone needs a break from the hustle and bustle of his or her everyday routine. Whether you are working a 40-hour a week job, being a house-mom, volunteering or even retired, we all like to get out and get away from our usual environment and take a vacation – and especially right now has many Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted all across the country. Trips to the big city, camping, theme parks and national and state parks are just a few of the multitude of possibilities for a family vacation.

            For people with disabilities, just a smidgen of planning ahead can prevent heartbreak, disappointment and potentially risky situations. Most attractions, such as theme and national parks have made their sites accessible to the disabled thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Yet, due to a variety of issues and unforeseen circumstances, what is available to the able-bodied individual may vary somewhat from what is available to the disabled traveler.

            When making hotel/motel reservations, always ask the manager of the facility to describe “handicapped” rooms. What works for the “average” traveler may not work for you. In my travels across the nation, it’s not uncommon to reserve a room only to find out that my wheelchair cannot get through the bathroom door. There’s no such thing as “over planning.”

            If flying, try to take very necessary items with you in your carry-on luggage. Especially remember your essential medications. If your regular luggage should happen to get lost or end up on another flight, you will probably be a little more at ease.

            For more information on vacationing with the disabled, call 888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org for our brochure, “The Disabled Traveler.” Have fun and be safe!

Just Say Thank You

Ewing Mays began his “mission” by visiting his fellow veterans with whom he shared a common bond.  All of them had been wounded in the war and many of them, like Mr. Mays, had lost a leg or an arm in the service of their country.  He knew what they were going through.  He had been there.  And he was determined to help as many as he could.  He wanted to help them to understand that life could still be worthwhile and he wanted to share with them what he had learned and what he had done to overcome his disability.

But his visits did more.  Each time he visited a veteran’s home or hospital he was also letting the veterans know they were not forgotten and what they had done in the service of their nation was important.  By his mere presence he was letting them know they had done something noble, something which deserved the gratitude of us all.  He was saying “thank you, thank you for your service to your country.”

We all like to hear someone say thank you to us.  It is a phrase which makes us feel good.  The two words give us a sense of accomplishment, a sense of worthiness and the knowledge that someone else believes we did something good. 

Memorial Day is a day for saying thank you.  We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and we say thank you to them by placing wreaths of flowers, by parades, by speeches, by moments of silence, by fly-overs of jet fighters and by simply saying “thank you.”  This is our national day of saying thank you to all those who served and sacrificed to keep our nation free.  Ewing Mays said thank you each time he visited with a group of his fellow veterans.  He celebrated Memorial Day each time he made a visit.

  Let us all celebrate Memorial Day as Ewing Mays did.  Whenever you meet a veteran, remember to say thank you. Take the opportunity to let a living veteran know you appreciate what they did for our nation. What better way to memorialize those who are gone than by honoring those who are still here.

  For more information email us at info@maysmission.org and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you.

Reaching Out

Followers of this website may have noticed some changes recently. We are trying to reach out to more people with the addition of a blog.  Our founder, Ewing W. Mays, started Mays Mission as a way to reach out and raise awareness for people with disabilities, and it’s what we have been doing for over 48 years now. And hopefully as we grow stronger in the online community this will open up new employment opportunities for interested people with disabilities seeking work.

Mays Mission for the Handicapped was conceived to offer on the job training and employment to persons with disabilities in rural Arkansas. What better way is there to reach out and offer a person stability and independence than to teach them how to do a job and then employ them to do that job? 

On-the-job training has always been the main focus at Mays Mission. We have trained many disabled persons over the past 47 years. While some we trained have gone on to other companies, we have other employees who stay with us many years. 

Our employees with disabilities work in every department of our organization. They produce all of the brochures, calendars, books, notepads and gift paks that we use in our outreach programs.    

We reach out to young people when we award scholarships to deserving students with disabilities. We are helping these young people to acquire the education that will allow them to compete in the workplace.

We also reach out with camperships so that children and adults with disabilities can enjoy summer camp programs.

Mays Mission for the Handicapped has also reached out to those confined to Veterans Hospitals and Nursing Homes due to age, illness or injury and let those confined there know that they are not forgotten.

We reach out by sending countless brochures each month in our effort to educate as many people as possible to the importance of hiring the disabled. The brochures cover many subjects such as The Americans with Disabilities Act, and On the Job Training.  Many of our loyal donors help, by passing out the brochures in their community.

We have been a past recipient of the local Small Business Employer of the Year. This honor was bestowed by the Arkansas Governor’s Commission on People with Disabilities.

While we are proud of our accomplishments, we could not have done it on our own. It is through the generosity of our donors that we continue to achieve our goals. For more information, please call us at 888-503.7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org. Thank you!

Exposure Breeds Comfort

For many people who have little exposure or experience with a disabled individual, the initial focus of the new relationship, unfortunately, is on the disability. As we have come to know, getting truly acquainted with someone takes much more than concentrating on physical characteristics. Focusing on the disability instead of the inner-beauty and personality causes uneasiness. A true and lasting relationship will take much longer to develop. If the disability is deafness, you may become very self-conscious about what you are not saying or communicating with your hands. If the disability is blindness, you may become self-conscious about pointing or saying phrases such as “see you later,” and so on. The truth is that you will probably be uneasy until your relationship has had time to develop. Focusing on a disability will only cause delay in your maturing relationship. Consider this, that you too, must be yourself in order for the good and healthy relationship to properly develop. This is true of all relationships, not simply with the disabled. In a “normal” relationship, factors such as gender, age, race, and physical features seem very pronounced when we first meet. These features quickly become secondary, and we eventually lose awareness of them completely. The same can and should be true when getting to know the disabled. Be at ease. Be yourself. Treat your new-found friend the same way that you would like to be treated. That’s the best way to develop and nurture a relationship that is long and lasting.

Please feel free to share in the comments section. If you would like more information call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org and thank you for supporting people with disabilities!


 With the spring season upon us we begin to look for signs of new life.  Driving through a pristine country setting or even dashing through a city subdivision one spots evidence of the seasonal change.  It may be the first daffodil reaching out to grab a ray of sunshine or seeing a frolicking foal bouncing through a fresh green pasture.  Whatever the case may be, everyone can see that new life has begun.

Using the above as an analogy, when people with disabilities see changes happening, it is probably time to make an appointment with your doctor.  Depending on the disability, change can be a positive or negative thing.  This is especially true with diabetes.  Changes in skin color, easy bruising or a sore that will not heal is a signal that something may be going awry and need to be checked out by a physician or healthcare professional.

Diabetes is one of those diseases that is very unpredictable and affects seven percent of the US population.  Thirty percent are undiagnosed (National Diabetics Information Clearinghouse)!  With early detection and proper treatment diabetes may be manageable.  Left undetected and untreated, diabetes can be fatal.

Make it a point to have your blood sugar checked yearly.  What better time than spring?  The sooner diabetes can be diagnosed the sooner treatment can begin and adjustments can be made to our lifestyles to assure a longer and better quality of life.

If you would like more information on how you can help, call us toll free at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org today. Thanks for all you do for the disabled. And please comment in the comments section if you have some helpful, healthy ideas you would like to share. Thanks!

Make Caregiving a Team Effort

When tragedy, sudden illness, disability or death occurs within your family or circle of close friends, there is often a feeling of helplessness or emptiness. With illness or disability, one can usually cope by visiting the loved one and offering to lend a helping hand. Volunteering to do chores, watch the kids, and run errands not only helps tremendously the stricken individual and their family, but it also gives the person assisting a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. There is not much of a better feeling than knowing that you have assisted a friend in getting through a crisis.

 You see, caregiving doesn’t always mean “hands on.” The term “Caregiving” covers a broad spectrum of services and is not limited to the actual “physical” care of an individual.

 Most communities have a group, agency or organizations and nonprofit agencies are often your best bet for resources and referrals. Don’t forget support groups. They not only point you in the right direction for the service you need, but also lend an often needed emotional boost as well.

 Seek out the resources available in your community. They are there to assist you and to help make caregiving a team effort.

 Please contact us for more information about caregiving, volunteering and helping others with disabilities. Call us at 1-888-503-7955 or email us at info@maysmission.org to find out more and feel free to share in the comments section. Thanks!