“Joy Prom” gives hundreds with special needs a night to remember


The 8th annual Joy Prom organized and hosted by Grace Fellowship Church celebrated more than 800 people with special needs and their families Friday night. 

The free event gives people with special needs a prom night to remember. 

“We call it “Joy Prom” and we certainly hope it is a night filled with joy,” says Lois Martin, the outreach director for GFC. 

Guests were welcomed into the prom with a red carpet entrance, lined with cheering volunteers. 

“It made me feel so special. I have been waiting for this for a long time,” says Missy Morgan, who attended Joy Prom. 

From the horse and carriage rides, to manicures, games, dinner and photo booths, the church left no stone unturned. 

Some guests came with a bucket list. 

“I’m here to have fun, and meet new people and I’m looking for a new boyfriend,” says Rachel Pickle. 

Many coming, ready to hit the dance floor. 

“I think joy prom is a special night. You get to dance and eat and do more dancing and have lots of fun,” says Morgan. 

The event requires almost 400 volunteers, who come from across the community to help out. 

“We decided to put individuals with special needs in the limelight for a change,” says Martin. 

The message is one of love. 

“Everybody here is the most amazing in God’s eyes,” says Morgan. 

Many GFC organizers and volunteers say this is their favorite night of the year, because they get to fill their guests with joy. 

“Most of the people here have never gone to a regular prom, so we are just here to celebrate,” says Martin. 

“I feel so independent and so wonderful and so beautiful,” says Morgan. 

More information about Grace Fellowship Church can be found on their website

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