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CLINTON, Iowa – There is a sign inside the Life Connections waiting room that states: “Do one thing every day that makes you happy.” Near that sign is an artwork that depicts a window opening up to a boardwalk on the beach, showing the ocean in the background. The sign and artwork are part of the efforts to put patients at ease during some tough times. As one Life Connections staff member put it, they also try to create a sense of tranquility for the many people they are helping. Life Connections provides mental and behavior health therapy for adults, children and families. The Clinton office, located at 240 N. Bluff Blvd., Suite 206, offers many types of treatments based on individual needs and goals. (Its offices are in the Bluff Professional Building.) Members of the Clinton business community got a look at the work of Life Connections during a brief celebration Thursday, Nov. 9, at the health care provider. Grow Clinton hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony and presented Life Connections with the Progress Award for its “investment in the future of the Clinton area.” (The celebration marked Life Connections recently becoming a Grow Clinton member.) “We all love what we do here,” Renee Snyder, Life Connections’ director of behavioral health, said as she gave a tour to nearly a dozen members of the Clinton business community. Ms. Snyder and others from the organization also gave business leaders a history lesson of Life Connections in Clinton. That history began about a decade ago when Life Connections set up shop in the community by renting out office space in a Clinton church, and had only a handful of employees. Today, the group has grown to about 30 employees, including 10 therapists, and helps many people in the community including area students. Ms. Snyder added that Life Connections has a “great partnership” with the Clinton Community School District. In addition to touring the office, business leaders also got a chance to tour the Beyond Behavior Autism Services offices, also located in the Bluff Professional Building. Beyond Behavior, a sister company of Life Connections, offers treatment designed to help children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to increase communication skills, improve attention and focus, improve social skills and decrease problem behaviors, according to its website. “We try to meet their needs where they are,” Life Connections CEO Alyssa Hennings said as she led an office tour. Founded in 2009, Life Connections now has offices in 13 communities throughout Iowa and employ a total of 178 staffers. In addition to Clinton, it has locations in Algona, Anamosa, Bellevue, Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Dubuque, Humboldt, Maquoketa, Mason City, Muscatine and Perry. For the latest updates on the Clinton office, see its Facebook page.