Local church hosts prom for special needs adults

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BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – It may not be the month of May, but it was prom night Friday night for one group who is all too often overlooked.

Special needs adults took center stage at the Starry Night Prom, which was a way for one local church to tell them they are valued and loved beyond measure.

With the cheers filling Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown Friday night, you might think a celebrity was in town. But it was Joseph Copass Israels with his best friend Rusty Hatchett getting the star treatment.

“A lot of our guests didn’t get to go to prom, particularly some of our older guests. When they were in high school they were excluded, they weren’t included and so they never went to a prom. They didn’t have a night that they got to dress up and do all the really fun stuff all the other kids were doing,” Wendy Wilken said.

Joseph, Rusty and 150 other special needs adults filled the church for the first-ever Starry Night Prom. They got makeovers, were given dresses and suits and served dinner.

“We hope they feel loved. We hope they feel like a million bucks,” Aaron Brockett said. “I think sometimes there’s probably a fear maybe an intimidation. How do you relate to people with special needs? And I think whenever you get a chance to meet them and talk with them you find out they’re real people, they have a great sense of humor, they love to have fun.”

“It was really just our entire church coming together to love on these people and show them that God loves them,” Wilken said.

If you missed out on this year’s special needs prom, good news – Traders Point is already planning next year’s.

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