Jeff Bourne, a recovering alcohol and drug addict, and pastor, Jesse Bown, form a partnership and a commitment to explore what could be done in the Trinity-Conception region in the face of a growing drug and addictions problem. It was soon realized that a missing piece in the addiction recovery process was a place to provide support to the addicted and their families while on their path to recovery.
Representatives from Eastern Health mental health and addictions, clergy, recovering addicts, community members, social work, research, criminal justice and the RCMP come together to form the Community Awareness Addiction Committee
The CAAC identifies need for addiction recovery supports and approaches government, who were more than willing to support a drop-in centre to connect addicts with health care providers, and to support addicts in their recovery post-treatment.
The Hon. Jerome Kennedy grants funding to open the U-Turn Drop-in Centre
U-Turn open its doors to the community, offering referrals to addiction services, advocacy, individual and family peer support, 12-step support groups, recovery education and sober recreation activities.
In 2015, 4,100 individuals visit the U-Turn Centre
Jeff Bourne becomes the Executive Director of U-Turn
U-Turn partners with The Grace Centre to offer peer support at the addiction treatment facility.
In concert with National Addictions Awareness Week, U-Turn hosts its first community walk to raise awareness of addiction issues in the region, the first walk of its kind in rural Newfoundland.
In 2017, 7,200 individuals visit the U-Turn Centre
U-Turn is allocated $120,000 in the provincial budget to help expand its peer support services.
U-Turn moves into its new, much bigger home on Industrial Crescent in Carbonear.
U-Turn continues to be an active, thriving drop-in centre where hope, recovery and healing are found