Therapy Adventures International and Hillside Health Care meet in Chicago to explore strategic partnership


Therapy Adventures and Hillside recently met in Chicago to discuss how their organizations could benefit from a partnership.

Therapy Adventures serves the children of Belize City, providing speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavior therapy.

Therapy Adventures has incredible depth in the various therapies that can serve our populations.

— Matt Schoeck, Hillside Board Member

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, October 13, 2022 / — On a windy and cold day in Chicago, the management teams of International therapeutic adventures and Hillside Health Care International came together to explore ways the two nonprofits could work together.

“This is a unique opportunity for our organizations to collaborate. Our missions are closely aligned and if we work together, we know we can have an even greater impact on the communities we serve,” said Lynette Gomez, a native of Belize and executive director of Hillside.

Along with several Hillside board members, Lynette spent an afternoon touring the Therapy Adventures office in Chicago during a recent trip to the United States.

Hillside, headquartered in Punta Gorda, Belizehas provided health care to the underserved population of southern Belize for over 22 years, while Therapy Adventures provides pediatric therapy services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral therapy for children in Belize City .

“Both of our organizations are dedicated to providing free and essential support in the communities we serve,” said Idar Lamo, Director of International Partnerships for Therapy Adventures.

“Since we opened our clinic in early 2022, we haven’t stopped hearing about Hillside and the incredible work they do,” added Idar. “We knew we wanted to build a relationship with them and we’re thrilled that led to this reunion.”

At the Chicago meeting, the two organizations discussed ways to collaborate.

“We’re excited to see where it’s going,” said Matt Schoeck, who is a board member and also spent a year in Belize as Hillside’s medical director. “Therapy Adventures has incredible depth in the different therapies that can serve our populations. Although we have offered PT for many years, we see the potential to expand our PT offerings as well as the opportunity to add consistent speech therapy to be incredible additional services to the community, and that only scratches the surface of what a partnership can bring.”

According to both organisations, the meeting was very productive and they have clear ideas on how they can benefit from working together.

“In the coming months, we will endeavor to send clinicians to Hillside on short trips to assess needs and support the work of Hillside staff,” Idar explained.

Hillside board member Carley Kirsch and Kimberly Schoeck, a speech-language pathologist who has worked at Hillside in the past, also attended the meeting and shared Therapy Adventures’ optimism. “This is an important first step and we believe it will be the start of a long and fruitful partnership between our organisations, and it will only benefit the families we work so hard for,” they said.

Norweiss Hunting
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