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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • SWIF grant aids Project Turnabout mission

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    Just outside of Project Turnabout’s new duel-use education and family center this past Thursday, Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Senior Administration and Grants Officer Nancy Fasching handed Project Turnabout President and CEO Mike Schiks and Development Director Lois Schmidt a $50,000 grant that will serve to aid  the Granite Falls facility in its effort to serve as a sanctuary of hope for those suffering from alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.
    More specifically SWIF’s contribution will help support the new construction of Project Turnabout's education/family center, administration and Women's Recovery Center buildings, as well as the renovation of its current health services area, Men's and Women's Chemical Dependency Units and Compulsive Gambling Center.
    According to Schiks, the donation coincides with the first public glimpse of education and family center, which has been designed to offer additional space and capabilities––ranging from the capacity to record on-site presentations as a distributable educational resource, to a special room allowing individuals in treatment to connect with their families at a distance.
    Both components speak to Project Turnabout’s understated but growing national, even global, prominence, as the desire for its services draw an increasingly larger number of those seeking addiction treatment in addition to care providers looking to model the institution’s success.
    “We are the best kept secret in treatment, said Schiks, noting: “We’re the largest free standing facility that works with public financing.”
    Groundbreaking for the $6.6 million dollar project took place in October 2013, and upon its projected completion in early 2015 will allow Project Turnabout to meet additional chemical dependency and problem gambling needs by increasing its capacity by more than 30 residential treatment beds.
    "We welcome this donation," said Schiks. "It will have an immediate impact on the addiction community by providing more care regionally for southwest Minnesota. Over the last two years, we have sadly had to turn away more than 40 people per month who come to us seeking immediate access to our holistic treatment and recovery programs. The increased capacity to serve more people bodes well for those choosing a future in recovery.

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