In January 2007, Dahlia and Carol traveled to Juárez, Mexico to visit Fundación Integra, an agency started by families of children with disabilities. In Juárez, professional therapy services for children and adults with disabilities are limited and family members at left to provide most support. During this visit, families traveled from afar to the see the “therapistas de occupational”. Clients were evaluated and family members were taught methods to help make care at home more manageable. The clinic staff was trained in more up-dated therapy techniques. The change that was beginning to take place at the clinic and the gratitude from all those served was overwhelming and a promise was made to return.
In July 2007, 14 therapists returned to Juárez to work at Fundación Integra. During this two week mission, it became clear to Dahlia and Carol that there was a need to create an organization that could continue to serve the most vulnerable in countries where professional therapy services are limited or non-existent. And THERAPY MISSIONS, INC. was created.