On February 17, 2018 the Arkadelphia Human Development Center (AHDC) hosted a Winter Wonderland Prom.

On February 17, 2018 the Arkadelphia Human Development Center (AHDC) hosted a Winter Wonderland Prom.
Snowflake lights twinkled inside and outside of the AHDC Multi-Purpose Building. There were approximately 200 guests in attendance. Group Living, Inc., Rainbow of Challenges and community members participated in the event.
The excitement had been building for weeks as plans were underway to provide the ultimate Prom experience for each person, most of whom had never attended a Prom. Earlier that morning a crew of cosmetologists prepared the makeup, hair and nails for the ladies. A special steak dinner was served in the residences prior to the Prom. A limousine service transported people back and forth to the residences. Special corsages and boutonnieres were prepared for each person.
Parent Kim Sohl said “As a mom who has a son who never went to a Prom, and never walked with his graduating class, it was a special time for me and my husband to be there with him, and even get to dance a little.”
Volunteer Council Executive Board Member John Cloud called the Prom “pure joy” and Jennifer Shaw with Group Living, Inc. said, “We had a blast!”
Approximately 300 formal gowns were donated to the Winter Wonderland Prom and will be shared with The Beehive Thrift Store of Arkadelphia, a resale shop that employs adults with intellectual disabilities. Gowns will also be donated to the Arkadelphia High School and Dressing the Delta to provide gowns to students who cannot afford a Prom gown.