It’s hard to believe we’ve been providing services for six years now. Turning Point started as an idea, a dream – to help people who really needed it. Those first planning meetings were usually over breakfast at The Classic Cookie. We moved quickly and in 2002, we started programming. Our very first office was at the Miller Law Firm. One of our founding board members, Steve Miller, and his father Richard Miller, very generously donated office space for us to get started. That year, with a skeleton staff, we provided programs to 550 people.
In 2003, thanks to the generosity of Walton Construction, Helix Architects and the many subcontractors they recruited (who donated time and materials), we moved into our 6,000 square foot office at 89th and State Line. Our growth rate since then has been amazing – 50% per year! We slowed to 20% last year because we did not increase our budget. To date, we have served more than 15,000 people. We expect this double-digit growth rate to continue as we expand our reach and the demand for our programs becomes greater.
I am looking forward to writing this blog. You will not only be hearing from me, but from other members of our staff and some of our facilitators. Stay tuned! We will be sharing articles, stories, and insights. Look for tips on healthy living, training your mind, self-calming techniques and maybe even a high anti-oxidant recipe. I will be talking about hope, optimism, meditation, emotional intelligence and other resilience characteristics. We welcome your suggestions, stories and insights.
For now, we will be updating our blog twice a month so check in around the beginning and mid month for updates.
See you in a few weeks!