Fort Pierce Learning Center unveils upgrades and awards prizes
May 2, 2022 – New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee hosted an open house at Fort Pierce Learning Center on Ixoria Avenue to show donors, elected officials and community leaders the improvements the nonprofit has made to the facility.
The center offers basic life and self-management skills classes to adults in St. Lucie County struggling with mental health issues. Grants from Truist Bank and Impact 100 St. Lucia provided funds to transform the program and revitalize the building.
Additionally, New Horizons Board Member Mary Baysinger received the 2021 Mental Health Champion of the Year award for her dedication and support of the mental health provider’s mission. Previously, Harry Shaw, a Fort Pierce resident who has worked at New Horizons for 30 years, received the Employee Mental Health Champion of the Year award, in 2021.
Thanks to advocacy by Truist Vice President Dawn Bloomfield, New Horizons received $10,000 to purchase laptops for the computer lab, including software for budget classes. Bloomfield also helps provide holiday meals to New Horizons guests on Thanksgiving through its leadership of the Caribbean American Cultural Group.
A $5,000 grant from Impact 100 St. Lucie enabled New Horizons to paint the interior and exterior of the building, as well as purchase kitchen supplies, exercise mats, a new grill and equipment for various programs.
Local resident Nila Moylan donated 10 oversized photographs by Joe Semkow depicting local beach scenery and marine life. Moylan and Baysinger each purchased memorial benches for the Ambulatory Office which provides outdoor seating for clients.
The Fort Pierce Learning Center program is based on psychosocial rehabilitation, an effective therapeutic approach that combines learning goals with socialization opportunities. Classes are made up of small groups and cover anger management, medication management, cooking, nutrition, budgeting, health, and exercise. Program participants also attend field trips, barbecues, holiday parties and other activities.
Learning Center students are referred by therapists and doctors or can enroll on their own.
Established in 1958, New Horizons is the region’s largest mental health agency, with nine offices in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. A non-profit organization, New Horizons serves 15,000 children and adults each year, regardless of their ability to pay for services. The agency has a 24-hour helpline and a mobile response team that provides free mental health care directly to the person in need.
For more information, please visit www.nhtcinc.org or call 772-696-2729.