Established May 2014
The foundation was created to provide scholarships to those who have no insurance or financial means to access treatment for alcohol, drug, and food addictions. Since its opening in 1987, Turning Point has always tried to offer scholarships to qualified individuals. Funding was supplied as a gift from Turning Point as well as direct donations from alumni and their family members. However, contributors could not claim their gifts as tax deductible.
The Turning Point of Tampa Charitable Foundation 501(c)3 is a registered non-profit and all donations are now tax deductible for the donors. We look forward to opening our hearts and doors to those who need our help but we can’t do it without your support. You may never know the names or faces of our scholarship recipients, but you can know that your gift is appreciated. The impact of your generosity will reach well beyond the doors of Turning Point for years to come.
How does it work?
A three-member board will supervise all activities of the foundation, including review and approval of scholarships, fundraising activities, alumni and friend’s contact, and reporting of the fund’s activities/financial status.
Where does the money go?
To individuals who have no other resources to obtain treatment, to existing clients who have exhausted their resources but have not completed their recommended treatment, and to support the aftercare plans of clients who may need help such as with halfway houses. Also, monies will be donated by the foundation to not-for-profit organizations in the Tampa area that support other areas of the recovery process. Scholarships supplied by Turning Point will be provided at a special, reduced rate, which will ensure maximum benefits to the recipient.
The foundation bank account was opened on a generous donation from Turning Point and will be supported by donations from alumni, friends, and board-approved fundraisers. Possible fundraisers are currently under consideration.
How can I get involved?
By your direct donation and support of our fundraisers. There are currently several alumni groups working on ideas, and we are open to suggestions and help from others! For now, mail your donation to Turning Point Charitable Foundation, 6227 Sheldon Road, Tampa, FL 33615.
Mike Hicks, CAP: Mike is a Certified Addiction Professional who has a 20-year history with Turning Point. Employed by Turning Point in 1994, Mike has worked as a house manager, therapist, and program manager. He currently works as a non-employee contractor in support of the clinical staff.
Barbara Knowles-Lashbook, LMHC: “Bobbie” is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been working with addicts for over 20 years. She is also an active member of the recovery community.
Donald Sykes, LISWS: As the Managing Director of Psychological and Behavioral Consultants, Don has been providing clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and families for more than 30 years. His experience includes senior management positions at Willow Creek Hospital, Windsor Hospital, and Laurelwood Hospital, where he served as Chief Executive Office, and he has served as author of more than a dozen professional publications.