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The Family & Friends of ESS Association

The Family and Friends of ESS Association was established in 1958 by a group of parents who wished to improve the lives of their family members as well as the lives of all people receiving services through Ellisville State School. The Family and Friends of ESS Association serves to foster, preserve, and advance the quality of life of the people served through Ellisville State School’s services and programs by connecting parents, staff and the community.

For over fifty years the Family and Friends of ESS Association has provided many opportunities for those served by Ellisville State School including construction of a campus swimming pool, purchasing a school bus, and purchasing specialized wheelchairs in the years before Medicaid funds were available for this purpose. More recent projects include equipping an Assistive Technology/Communication Center and a Multi-sensory Stimulation room and purchasing rocking chairs, tables, and benches for outdoor use. Big screen televisions were installed in the day rooms of the living areas on campus. The association also sponsors the Direct Support Employee Recognition Program which recognizes employees who provide outstanding care to the individuals.

To continue to implement projects requires continuous fundraising efforts. Each year the association holds a raffle drawing and receives pledges from interested parents and family members. Anyone interested in giving a donation to the association to assist with project funding may do so. Contributions are tax deductible. Members of the Family and Friends of ESS Association and Ellisville State School staff members are also available to address community or service clubs to further explain the association’s needs and goals.To make a donation, interested persons may contact the Family and Friends of ESS Association liasion at (601) 477-5600.

The Family and Friends of ESS Association meets four times a year during the months of March, June, September and December. Meetings are scheduled for the second Sunday of those months with the exception of the June meeting/picnic, held on the second Saturday, and the December meeting held on the first Sunday which also coincides with the annual Christmas Play and Open House.

Meetings Schedule for 2019

​March 8, 2020​​ - 10:00 a.m. Admin. II Auditorium
June 13, 2020 (Saturday) - 11:00 a.m. Picnic by the lake
September 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Admin. II Auditorium
December 6, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. Adult Activity Center

For more information contact (601) 477-5600 or

1101 Hwy 11 South
Ellisville, MS 39437