The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House in Brandon, Florida, aligns with the mission Turn 2 has embarked on for more than two decades, motivating young people to avoid drugs and alcohol and pursue healthy, successful lives.
The Center serves youth with comprehensive outpatient programs, including treatment and counseling, and also helps families manage adolescent substance abuse and co-occuring mental health issues. Its programs help teens confront the underlying causes of their substance abuse and regain control of their lives by establishing sobriety and building support networks to help sustain recovery.
Since the Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House was founded in 2008, the common objective that Turn 2 and Phoenix House share has changed hundreds of lives for the better. Buoyed by this success, in 2017 the two organizations unveiled a newly renovated Derek Jeter Center during a special ceremony. Derek, Sharlee and Dr. Charles Jeter joined Ann Bray, president and chief executive officer of Phoenix House, and Maria Alvarez, vice president of Phoenix House Florida, to commemorate the opening of the state-of-the-art facility. During the ceremony, Turn 2 presented a donation of $150,000 to the Derek Jeter Center, surpassing $1 million in contributions from the Foundation to Phoenix House since the center's inception.
The expansion of the facility doubled its treatment capacity, providing critical resources to countless more young people struggling with substance abuse. Today, the center serves more than 300 adolescents annually. To date, it has helped more than 5,000 boys and girls overcome substance abuse, transform their lives and pursue their dreams personally, academically and professionally.