TAFA was founded by Drew Horn, W.C. (World Changer) after discovering the secret of compassion and unconditional love. Having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Drew has overcome his fair share of battles with loneliness and isolation and encourages all not to define themselves as their illness.
Since its inception in August 2001, the Turn-A-Frown Around Foundation, Inc. has brought love and laughter to those in nursing homes, psychiatric wards, and related facilities. A staggering 50% of nursing home residents and 75% of psychiatric patients will die without a friend each year. TAFA realizes that this problem is too major, and the solution too simple, to ignore. TAFA’s mission is to assist people living with psychiatric and physical disabilities who have lost hope or feel isolated and friendless, by connecting them with a Forever Friend. Forever Friends develop friendships through personal visits, phone calls, and even email.
Currently, CSPNJ is the only organization nationally recognizing and implementing the TAFA program.
Are you struggling with life problems? Do you have trouble coping? Do you get overwhelmed? Are you anxious much of the time? Do you want to help yourself and others?
GROW is a community of sharing and caring people and of personal growth incorporating mutual help and peer support.
Weekly GROW groups are held to discuss diverse problems in living, including mental illness, addictions, abuse, grief, loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, and difficulty coping.
GROW is member-run, and we adhere to peer support values of belief in persons, inclusion, choice, personal responsibility, and empowerment. Also, our leadership and many staff come from our own ranks of recovering and recovered members.
There is no charge. To become a member, you just need to believe that within you is the ability to better your life and the lives of others.
Members offer one another support and friendship and participate in events such as socials, community weekends and leadership workshops.
The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) fosters recovery by providing a safe, nurturing environment where voice hearers and those who experience sensory hallucinations can regularly meet for peer-led discussions.
HVN groups offer…
By joining HVN, one can have the opportunity to experience a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere, to talk about experiences and voices with people who will truly understand, get support and encouragement from other voice hearers in whatever your stage of recovery, learn how others cope and inspire others through your story of coping and recovery.