Rice Lake Community Health Foundation awards matching funds for patient scholarships at Nature's Edge

Nature’s Edge Therapy Center has been awarded a $20,000 matching grant from the Rice Lake Community Health Foundation (RLCHF), designated for patient scholarships for therapy sessions.  Each eligible patient may receive up to 12 treatment sessions funded by the RLCHF grant.  The Foundation will disburse grant funding to Nature’s Edge for scholarship distribution as it is matched by contributions designated for Nature’s Edge.  Donors are invited to contribute to the Nature’s Edge match.

At Nature’s Edge, licensed and certified therapists combine conventional treatment methods with innovative techniques such as Hippotherapy (the horse as a treatment tool), animal-assisted therapy and horticulture therapy.  Treatment is provided on the Nature’s Edge 65-acre ranch, a natural setting that includes forest, field, river and hills and is home to 26 therapy animals available for inclusion in treatment sessions.  Therapists at Nature’s Edge treat a wide spectrum of disabilities while specializing in the treatment of autism, brain injury and cerebral palsy. 

Becky Payne, speech-language pathologist and director at Nature’s Edge, commented that the RLCHF grant award provides an exceptional opportunity for patients with financial need to receive therapy.  According to Payne, therapy at Nature’s Edge focuses on the development of skills necessary for each patient to achieve the highest possible level of independence and integration into school, family and society.  Incorporating the natural setting, therapy animals and especially horses into treatment motivates and accelerates progress.  For many families, Payne noted, the ongoing cost of therapy is a struggle.  Through the generosity and partnership of RLCHF and Nature’s Edge donors, this scholarship opportunity is available. 

The Rice Lake Community Health Foundation promotes the physical, behavioral and social health of people in the greater Rice Lake area by supporting and partnering with health and wellness organizations, believing that by helping organizations improve the health of individuals, families and community systems, the quality of life for the community as a whole is enhanced.  Nature’s Edge Therapy Center seeks to provide the highest quality of intensive rehabilitation by qualified and licensed staff to patients and their families in a safe, natural and motivational setting, promoting the human-animal bond with the ultimate goal of facilitating each patient’s independence and integration into family, school, and society.