Past Events

Life is a journey… – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking back and looking forward

On January 4, 2019, The U-Turn Institute hosted their first U-12 Men’s Group meeting. Roger Woods, a former University of Tennessee Chaplain, shared about his desire to encourage men to make changes within their own lives that will impact those who surround them. U-12 Men’s Group has continued to meet every first Friday of each month since.

On December 1, 2018, The U-Turn Institute partnered with Lee University’s Campus Choir to celebrate the 3rd Annual Blythe-Bower Christmas Carnival. We offered free carnival games, live music, free food, as well as a winter clothing giveaway. Although a rainy day outside, Blythe-Bower Elementary was bustling with smiles and laughter the entire time.

On November 16, 2018, The U-Turn Institute traveled to Blythe-Bower Elementary School to host From Nothing to Everything, an evening highlighting our founder, Lynn Jones. The evening included live music, $500 worth of grocery card giveaways, and a free meal for all who attended. This event began our partnership with the Blythe-Bower Elementary School community.

On September 23, 2018, The U-Turn Institute hosted our inaugural event: A Concert and Conversation with Phil Driscoll, the Grammy Award winning trumpet player, singer, and composer. This concert served as the beginning of our events and classes which are designed to assist individuals by presenting high-profile individuals who have overcome difficult situations to find happiness, hope, and healing.

On August 25, 2018, The U-Turn Institute hosted our first Facilitator Orientation. We gathered 20 community members who believed in our mission and equipped them with policies, procedures, and practical skills to help facilitate (“to make easy”) conversations in our diverse classes. U-Turn believes that by investing in our community and our volunteers, we will see growth in our region as a whole!