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Wolf family making their point with Turning Pointe

October 26, 2012
A parent, said Randy Wolf, holds two main wishes for his children: for them to be healthy and happy. But when Wolf learned his son was diagnosed with autism at age 2, his son’s happiness became Wolf’s first priority, which meant helping his son reach his fullest potential.
 
Wolf, general manager of Lexus of Naperville and co-owner of the Dan Wolf Automotive Group, and his family sought answers for their many questions that often went unanswered. A lack of quality facilities nearby meant the family logged a more than one-hour commute — in each direction — to provide their son the best treatment.
 
The family reached a crossroad in 2007, when they founded the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.
 
But even before Turning Pointe was created, the Wolf family was eager to raise awareness and funds for autism. Randy’s brother, Dan, helped jumpstart the program “Test Drives for Autism,” an annual opt-in fundraising opportunity in which participating local automotive dealers agree to donate $20 for each consumer test drive taken during April (Autism Awareness Month).
 
The test-drive program both brings awareness to a great cause and highlights the charitable acts put forth by the Chicagoland dealer community.
 
The Turning Pointe Autism Foundation has come a long way in the nearly six years since the family broke ground on the first building. Today, a second facility offers innovative programs that surpass expectations. Beyond the standard curriculum, Turning Pointe added built-in mock apartments to teach students self-reliant skills such as making their beds and cleaning laundry.
 
Turning Pointe also helps place students in the workforce upon program completion. Students’ interests determine their placement within one of Turning Pointe’s company partners, including Walgreens, OfficeMax and the Dan Wolf Automotive Group.
 
Because students are trained to work in each of these settings before their official start date (Turning Pointe has replicated each company’s exact work environment within its facility), these individuals hit the ground running upon employment as they’re already familiar with the work environment and tasks.
 
As Randy Wolf says, “Life is all about the legacy that you leave behind.” The Wolf family found a way to make sure their son is happy, and they helped other affected families fulfill that same wish.
 
And Randy’s vision doesn’t stop with the new facility; he hopes other states will adopt Turning Pointe’s principles and concepts.
 
Until that time comes, the Wolf family will continue to pour their heart and soul into the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation and the increasingly successful Test Drives for Autism program.
 
For more details about the new Turning Pointe facility or participating in Test Drives for Autism, call Randy Wolf at (630) 570-7948.
 
 

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