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NORMAL — The Moriah Foundation is celebrating 20 years of guidance, counseling and ministry in the Twin City community.

Brent Hanson, executive director, organized the nonprofit agency in 1998 when he saw a need to connect faith with private counseling.

Those dealing with anxiety, depression, marital concerns or abuse can come to the center at 1540 E. College Ave. in Normal for classes, support groups and one-on-one meetings with licensed counselors.

The organization also partners with local churches to provide counseling training.

“We try to provide multiple layers of help for people so they can have a support group with people struggling with the same issues while they’re getting more professional care,” said Hanson. “We hope to provide continuity in what we call the healing journey.”

Hanson said when the services began 20 years ago, needs were “more clinical in nature.”

“Most people who came in had an anxiety disorder or depression. Now, it’s grown into people who are coming in searching for a more productive life,” he said. “The spectrum of people we work with has broadened and diversified.”

To keep the programs strong, Hanson said the foundation embraces change and reorganization.

“We don’t want to become a stagnant organization. We shake things up. We’re taking our most successful pieces from the last 20 years and presenting it in a different format based on feedback,” said Hanson.

The foundation hosts renewal gatherings at 10 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month, which are open for the public to attend.

“We feel very blessed that the community has continued to support us and allow us to keep our doors open. We don’t take that for granted in any way. We’re also very thankful to God for empowering us to help others,” said Hanson.

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Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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