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Amy Huppi – Program Coordinator for Salt Lake Area Family Support, Respite, and Summer Camp (5 Years)

In the last five years, I have worked not only in my current program, but in the Adventure Center Day Program and Cedar City supported living program. Everywhere I have worked I have met some of the best people I know. TURN is staffed by so many wonderful and caring people. TURN is also full of amazing individuals that are smart, talented, and have a great sense of humor. I have loved supporting them to have the fulfilling lives they desire. I have had the opportunity to see individuals succeed in Special Olympics events, enjoy Disneyland, volunteer to help others, enjoy their jobs, make new friends, and make huge improvements in their goals. My goal is to provide individuals with the best support possible so that they can feel happy and successful in their own lives. I will be completing my Master of Public Administration degree this year with the hope of improving disability services in general. Each day I try to live by these words, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” by Mahatma Gandhi.

 Neiboul Benj – Direct Support Professional (5 Years)

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Nina is very spunky and loves to joke around with people, often calling them “trouble” or telling them that they forgot their brain at home and they need to go get it. Before retirement she worked at Wendy’s for ten years. In her free time Nina enjoys bowling, playing softball, and doing arts and crafts. She is very good at what she does. She loves beating her staff at bowling, and enjoys being one of the best players on our community slow pitch softball team. She recently painted a canvas for our TURN talent show, and learned how to make sushi for our ethnic food night. She loves learning new skills. Nina is a lot of fun to be around and we enjoy having her here at TURN!

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Come help us celebrate our 30th Annual Pasta Extravaganza and Fundraiser and bring your friends and family! It’s Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER (use the North Entrance on South Temple just East of 200 West) Meeting Rooms 155 A thru F. There will be entertainment, carnival games, a photo booth, silent auction, drawings, and much more fun! Don’t forget the fabulous food and great volunteers!

The money raised is used to assist people supported by TURN with their recreational needs. Specifically, funds are used to provide overnight activities during Christmas and Thanksgiving for people unable to spend the holidays with family, assistance for river trips, out of state trips, Special Olympics, community classes, recreation equipment, and special events. This assistance is made available to people with limited incomes.

The cost of the event is $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 years old and under. We offer a family pass for $50.00. The pass includes four people in your household and each additional family member is $5.00. We can set aside reserved tables if a large group will be attending, tables seat 8 and cost $120.00. Contact Eleanor Houston-Till if you are interested at 801-524-8615 or

We hope to see you at the Salt Palace for our “Pasta Extravaganza” dinner!


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The annual Great Utah ShakeOut drill is being held April 20th this year. TURN is taking part at all our offices and programs! It’s extremely important for everyone to know how to protect themselves during an earthquake, and depending on your level of mobility, there are different ways to prepare.

The link and picture below have specific instructions for people with disabilities to prepare for an earthquake.

You can also find more information about The Great Utah ShakeOut at

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Come help us celebrate our 30th Annual Pasta Extravaganza and Fundraiser and bring your friends and family! It’s Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER (use the North Entrance on South Temple just East of 200 West) Meeting Rooms 155 A thru F.

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On February 10, 2017, the Tim Tebow Foundation hosted its annual “Night to Shine,” a prom celebrating individuals with disabilities. More than 375 churches worldwide participated by crowning every participant a Queen or King for the evening and treating them to a night of royalty.

In Ogden, the event was held at HUB 801, an event space, in conjunction with the Genesis Project church. Three dapper gentlemen from our Brigham City Discovery Place residence participated in this event and lit up with excitement when they were able to choose and greet their chaperones for the evening. Ricky Hansen, Lane Chapple, and Richard Frank enjoyed an evening of dancing, karaoke, seafood, character drawings, and professional photos.

Tim Tebow sent out a special video message at the end of the night to all the guests to let them know how special their presence in the world is.

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Thank you to everyone who pitched in during Love UT Give UT! We raised $3,350! If you are interested in various programs and projects we need help funding, please contact Amy at or 801-524-8626. Thanks!

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Remington, Cory, and Ida

Since 2015, TURN and the University of Utah School of Dentistry have been collaborating on a mutually educational program. Our Director of Therap and Quality Assurance, Eddie Fung, visits future dentists during their “Clinical Prevention and Population Health” course, which aims to expose them to different populations of people they may encounter as dentists. He presents a lecture about people with developmental disabilities. Then the students visit some of our day programs and conduct oral health outreach activities. They teach TURN participants and staff how to brush and floss properly, and they supply everyone with an oral health hygiene kit.

On March 10th the dental students visited TURN’s Midvale Activity Center and Adventure Center. They will be visiting our Farmington and Clearfield Day Programs on April 14th. A huge thank you to the Utah School of Dentistry! It’s a mutually beneficial program that everyone enjoys!

Kyle, Tony, and Romeo


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Alieu Sannoh – Direct Support Professional (10 years)

Fresh out of High School, I had no real direction or what I wanted to do. My cousin told me about the employment here at TURN, and I applied. Never in my imagination did I think I would still be here. The clients, staffs, and others in TURN have influenced my life immensely. Being employed here at TURN, overshadowed my personal expectations of my life, and provided me with the confidence needed to succeed in life. I was an exemplar, an assistant coordinator, currently I am a member of Toast Masters all of which fuel the desires to further my education. My long-term goal is to achieve a master’s degree in business administration.

My life has been greatly rewarded through my interactions with the clients, I’m blessed.

Katie Johnson – Program Coordinator, City Center for the Arts (5 years)

I’ve been at City Center for the Arts in downtown Salt Lake for almost the entire time they’ve been open. I came in shortly after its opening, as a DSP, and now am the coordinator. It’s been exciting to see how much the program has grown and evolved over the past 5 years, and how much the individuals within the program have grown and evolved.

It’s incredible to be a part of someone’s growth as a person, and I think that’s what keeps me in this field. I have a background in performance art and a degree in musical theater, so this job is a unique and fulfilling opportunity to use my background to enrich our clients’ lives. It’s a remarkable feeling when I see that a concept we’ve been learning in our music theory class has finally clicked, or when they have learned a new song well enough that they can sing it without my help. Seeing how capable these guys are of learning some difficult concepts and techniques, and how happy it makes them is incredibly gratifying.

Adam Watkins – Direct Support Professional /Exemplar (15 years)

Amy Franson – Direct Support Professional (5 years)