We are often asked by our clients how we got into this business. The answer is a truly remarkable, even miraculous, story of a tragedy turned triumph.
No one ever expects tragedy to hit their lives, and yet as untimely, and as unexpected, and as unwelcome as it is, it happens. For John and Charmaine Baisden, the very unthinkable occurred just a little over 20 years ago. The day was passing as any normal day, until they received a phone call from the local police department informing them that their daughter, just 17 years of age, had been shot and killed. No one can ever be prepared for such a call. A whirlwind of emotions began to run rampant and whole lives were turned upside down.
In the years prior to this horrific tragedy, the Baisdens tirelessly struggled trying to figure out just how to best help their daughter find her way back to a full and happy life, as they could see some of her choices were leading to a life that was destined to bring the opposite. Heartbroken and desperate, they tried everything they knew possible. They tried counseling, making adjustments in their own parenting approaches, soliciting help from extended family, and the list goes on. At the time, they had no idea that schools for struggling teens even existed, and so, for them, it seemed they had exhausted all the possible resources. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, time was against them, and their daughter’s life was cut short before she could get the help she needed.
The impact of this incident changed the lives of the Baisden family forever. After a time of deep mourning and serious reflection, a great passion began to emerge, and John and Charmaine were determined to dedicate their time, indeed their lives, to help other families in similar situations, find a way to save their children before it was too late. In process of time, John, Sr. was able to make a career change that took him from the entertainment business to working with families with struggling teenagers.
TWAI was born of that great passion and desire to help. When John’s oldest son, John Baisden, Jr. completed his higher education studies, they partnered together to start this institution envisioned to bring hope to as many families as possible. Less than a year later they were joined by Owen and Carl Baisden (Two additional sons of John and Charmaine) and together they have helped nearly a thousand teens from across the globe work through their challenges and build a life of purpose and well-being in order that they can be reunited with their families with greater love and functionality.
Although no longer involved in the day to day operations of the school John Sr. still enjoys participating in school events and working with families who are contemplating the Turning Winds therapeutic boarding school option. Today, Turning Winds has built an amazing diverse team of talented and experienced individuals who have partnered together to provide the best treatment possible for struggling teenagers and their families across the world. Whether you are losing your teen to depression, behavior problems, addictions, academic underachievement, poor decision making, low self-worth, or any other problems, we understand and can partner with you to help your daughter or son get her or his life back on-track.
Turning Winds is a family-run therapeutic boarding school for troubled teen boys and girls in operation since early 2002. Since that time we have helped families from every continent in the world. Turning Winds was originally founded by a father and son who both have a strong passion to help families in need. The Baisden family has run Turning Winds from its small humble beginnings nearly a decade and a half ago to an industry leading vehicle offering the best therapeutic care for teenagers in crisis across the globe. Turning Winds is located in the “last best place, in the last best place;” the beautiful state of Montana. Our environment offers nature’s beauty and therapeutic qualities at its best to assist in the transformation process each teen will experience during her or his brief stay with us.
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