CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (June 17, 2021) – Morning Pointe Senior Living recently donated a ten-passenger van to Skyuka Hall, an alternative learning community in the greater Chattanooga area, to provide the school with transportation after their current bus was vandalized and the catalytic converter was stolen.
“This bus is absolutely a divine answer to prayer,” said Dr. Josh Yother, head of school at Skyuka Hall. “Our old van was recently vandalized, rendering it unusable. The cost to repair it would have been astronomical. When I received the email that Morning Pointe wanted to donate a bus to our students, I knew it was not a coincidence; it was truly a miracle.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of students from Skyuka Hall would routinely volunteer at Morning Pointe Senior Living communities in the Chattanooga area. Students and residents alike benefit from Morning Pointe’s intergenerational programming that contributes to social and physical wellbeing.
“We love volunteering at Morning Pointe,” said Dr. Yother. “The empowerment that our students receive from spending quality time seniors at Morning Pointe cannot be quantified. This is not the first time Morning Pointe has supported Skyuka Hall; Morning Pointe was instrumental in raising funds for us when our Mountain Creek campus had to be relocated to Eastgate Center.”
“The work that Dr. Yother and others do at Skyuka Hall for students with alternative learning abilities is amazing,” said Morning Pointe president Greg A. Vital. “From time to time, we have vehicles that we repurpose for our community partners, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this bus to Skyuka Hall students. Hopefully it will provide many more trips in the near future!”
Morning Pointe Senior Living owns, develops, and manages 35 Morning Pointe assisted living and The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. Morning Pointe was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow.
Skyuka Hall is dedicated to providing individualized learning experiences within a community that enables students with learning differences to develop academically, physically, spiritually, and socially with confidence, courage, and conviction. Founded in 2014 with eight students, the school now educates over 128 students in primary and secondary school.