About Desoto Sunrise Homes
Desoto Sunrise Homes is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, faith-based agency that has been a part of the community for over twenty years. Desoto Sunrise Homes provides services to children and adolescents who are "at risk" of developing delinquent behaviors with the ultimate goal of helping them become emotionally healthy, productive members of society. Desoto Sunrise Homes is licensed by the State of Mississippi's Department of Human Services and certified by local Fire and Health Departments. Desoto Sunrise Homes also completes annual independent audits to ensure trustworthy accounting procedures to the community.
Desoto Sunrise Home for Girls

The Desoto Sunrise Home for Girls will soon celebrate 25 years of service in 2005. Currently, the home provides 12 beds in a residential group home for teenage girls who have been experiencing emotional and/or behavior problems at home, school or in the community, which is often a result of abuse, neglect or lack of adequate coping skills.

Many of the residents at the Home for Girls have experienced difficulties in their life such as trauma related to sexual and physical abuse from family members, or dealing with the fact that they have


no family whatsoever. Clients reside at the Home for a minimum of six months but most stay much longer, with some girls staying several years because there is nowhere else for them to go.

The Home for Girls provides a structured and positive living environment, behavioral management, social skills training, anger management and self-esteem building, as well as physical activities and exposure to cultural places and events. The Home also provides a complete treatment program including weekly individual and group counseling, and family counseling.

The Home for Girls' program provides social work services and addresses community needs and problems by helping children gain more adequate coping skills. When a child successfully completes our program, they have the ability to move on to becoming a healthy and productive adult member of society.

Desoto Sunrise Emergency Shelter

Located in Horn Lake, Mississippi, the Desoto Sunrise Emergency Shelter was established in 1985 and provides 12 beds for children in Desoto County and Northwest Mississippi, ages birth to 18. The Emergency Shelter is the only center of its kind in Northwest Mississippi.

The staff of the Emergency Shelter work hard to provide the highest quality of care and services to the children of the shelter.

The resident children at the Emergency Shelter are often victims of abuse and/or neglect, or status offenders (runaway or homeless) and are referred by the Desoto County Juvenile Court of the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS can temporarily place children at the Emergency Shelter for a period of time ranging from a few days to several months. The children remain at the shelter until DHS can determine proper placement in the previous home that they came from, alternative family members, or placement in a foster home.

Most of the children are too young to understand the circumstances in their lives as children as young as newborn infants are placed at the shelter. Stories range from the three year-old who was found by police unclothed wandering aimlessly through a trailer park for days; to middle school kids whose Mommy simply did not want them any longer; and to the adolescent girl forced by her father into pornography.