Stewart’s Grant Helps to Create Youth Therapy Room
CANTON – Thanks in part to a $750 grant from Stewart’s Shops Holiday Match program, United Helpers will be creating a pediatric therapy room at its Behavioral Health Clinic in Canton.
“Successful psychotherapy relies heavily on relationships and connections,” said United Helpers Director of Behavioral Health Services David K. Nelson. “Having a physical space where clinicians can be more informal will help build these very important relationships with the youth we serve.”
Mr. Nelson said roughly 25% of the clients receiving behavioral health services through United Helpers are under the age of 18.
Once complete, the pediatric therapy room will include a variety of items that can be swapped out to customize the room for each individual patient’s needs and preferences including a variety of fidget gadgets and toys, electronic games, devices and activities, weighted blankets, soft blankets, stuffed animals, art supplies, and easily accessible USB chargers and cables.
Mr. Nelson said the room will be painted in soothing, cool colors.
“Having a space where therapy can feel less formal and casual is essential to helping our younger clients connect with their therapist,” he said. “We are excited by the generosity of Stewart’s for helping bring this project to fruition.”
According to Stewart’s Shops, this year’s Holiday Match campaign raised more than $2 million across the company’s 350+ convenience stores in New York and Vermont. The money raised through that campaign is then distributed to organizations servicing children in communities which are also services by Stewart’s.
To learn more about United Helpers Behavioral Health and Life Skills, please visit, www.unitedhelpers.org.