Turn-A-Frown Around Foundation, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 10 reviews
Issues: Mental Health
Location: 57 Notch Rd Clifton NJ 07013 USA
Results: Nine awards in ten years.
Programs: Forever Friendship, Compassion Theater Company, Administrative Support, Smile Station Outreach
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I first met Drew Horn through my sister who struggles with Mental Illness, he was her friend. Since then he has been completely invaluable to me in helping me understand and deal with the issues that arrise with having a mentally ill sibling. When every single other person (including family support groups) told me I need to learn to "let go" of my sister and worry about myself since there's nothing I can do to help her, Drew always preached unconditional love and I can honestly say he has helped me keep my own mental sanity at times. He taught me different ways of processing what is going on with my sister and how to deal with it, always with love and understanding. I've visited my sister many times in psychiatric units with Drew and it always amazed me at how when we would show up to visit, there were always other patients peeking around the corners with such excitement to see him. You could see the longing for them to have a visitor themselves and their faces would just light up like you couldn't imagine when he would spend just 5 minutes talking to them. His crusade is nothing less than selfless and at the same time the most simple thing in the world to expect. Everyone should have a friend like Drew and he is spending his life trying to make sure that happens. I honestly don't know what I would've done without him, and I don't know where my sister would be, for without him, I might have just given up as hard as that is to admit. I just want to thank Drew from the bottom of my heart for helping me and the countless others his kind soul has touched. I've never met anyone more dedicated to a cause than Drew.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing the faces of the people who's lives he's touched just by being Drew.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would love to see "smile stations" across the nation, there is such a need for volunteers/forever friends and there should be many many more which I believe if given the opportunity, Drew can create.