Truth Foundation Inc.expands services with new therapy playroom
BY BRYCE KELLY
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — It may look like a kids’ paradise, but the shelves full of toys and the indoor sandbox table at Truth Foundation Inc., in New London, actually serve a much larger purpose than just a room full of fun and games.
On Thursday afternoon, staff and various members of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber Alliance gathered at the Foundation’s offices in New London to celebrate the clinic’s official ribbon cutting of their new play therapy room. The room’s opening marks an expansion on Truth Foundation’s already wide range of services.
A faith-based mental and behavioral health services clinic serving all ages of patients from southeast Iowa, Truth Foundation’s new play therapy room allows children to use play and specific toys to express their thoughts and feelings when they do not have the ability or verbal language skills to do so otherwise. Play therapy is done under the supervision of a licensed mental health provider who has had formal training in the methods and techniques of play therapy.
“This is just another tool we now have at our disposal to help patients communicate with our therapists in a way that they might not be able to do in other types of therapy,” says Candi Francis, a registered play therapist at Truth Foundation. “…We are very thankful that we now have this to work with.”
Founded in 2010, Truth Foundation Inc. was established out of a response to a need in southeast Iowa for mental health services, specifically services that feature a Biblical perspective.
“We had dreams and aspirations to have a play therapy room ever since we started this office, and quite honestly, we have sought the Lord and asked Him to provide us with the things that He wants us to use to give back to this community, and He has been faithful all the way,” says Sam Reighard, Truth Foundation Clinical Director, of the clinic’s recent expansion.
According to Reigharg and Annie Powell, Truth Foundation Administrative Director, southeast Iowa is one of the most under-resourced portions of Iowa in the area of mental healthcare. Truth Foundation offers a wide range of mental health services for both individuals and families of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Today, Truth Foundation has an office in New London, two office locations in the Burlington area, and holds counseling sessions at Iowa Wesleyan University, in Mt. Pleasant.
Looking into the future, both Reighard and Powell say there are many aspects of therapy that they would like to be able to offer at Truth Foundation, including a facility which houses dieticians, medical doctors and so on to provide more holistic care in one facility. For now, however, they say they are in the process of sustaining and developing what services they currently offer.
“God has really provided everything that we need,” says Powell. “He’s given us great staff, He’s allowed us to make connections with amazing people, and we are just very excited to get to continue serving southeast Iowa in the way that He directs us to.”
For more information about Truth Foundation, visit their website at www.truthfoundationinc.net or call them at 319-931-7169.