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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Neighborhood Centers

Mission: The mission provided housing, food, clothing, supportive services, rehabilitation counseling, training, and employment assistance to homeless senior citizens in houston, texas.

Programs: The mission provided housing, food, clothing, medical services, rehabilitation counseling, training, and employment assistance to homeless senior citizens in houston, texas.

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650 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Tamara33

Donor

Rating: 5

The Turning Point Center is a small complex of apartments in Spring Branch for homeless elderly people. This is not a children's organization. http://www.turningpointcenter.org/

The goal of the Turning Point Center is to utilize a variety of supportive services to return the homeless elderly to productive society.

The Turning Point Center is an independent, tax exempt, non-profit organization which offers food, shelter and other rehabilitative services to meet the physical and emotional needs of a neglected segment of society: underprivileged individuals aged 50 and older who are unable to provide safe and adequate living conditions for themselves.

Through a variety of programs geared to address the unique needs of these individuals, our ultimate goal is to return them to an independent living status. In addition, we provide other homeless individuals and families with short-term emergency services and referrals to other agencies.


SERVICES THEY PROVIDE:
HOUSING: Turning Point Center provides emergency and transitional housing at its facility - a refurbished 34-unit apartment complex - located at 1701 Jacquelyn Drive in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston, TX. If you are using the Metro bus system from Downtown Houston, catch the #20 Long Point bus at Lamar Street.

MEALS: The Turning Point Center provides three meals a day to residents clients.

CLOTHING: Turning Point Center ensures, through the proper use of donations, that resident clients have adequate clothing to protect them from the elements, as well as make a proper appearance while attending school or searching for employment.

COUNSELING: Resident clients of Turning Point Center interact with other agencies to receive counseling services such as case management, substance abuse education, chemical dependency counseling, anger/stress management, personal / society adjustment counseling, and group counseling.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Resident clients of Turning Point Center receive assistance in completing important applications and associated documents that help them to obtain state ID cards / driver's licenses, Social Security cards, birth certificates, and any other documents required in order for them to apply for benefits and public assistance for which they may be eligible.

BENEFITS: Turning Point Center provides assistance to resident clients in obtaining SSI / SSDI, food stamps, Medicare / Medicaid, Harris County Hospital District Gold Cards, retirement, and any other benefits for which they may be eligible.

CONTINUING EDUCATION: Through collaborative efforts with the READ Commission, Gulf Coast Careers, Career Recovery Resources and Christian Community Service Center, resident clients of Turning Point Center receive assistance in obtaining their GED, returning to college, attending a vocational or trade school, or organizing and executing a successful job search.

HANDS-ON JOB TRAINING: Resident clients of Turning Point Center receive hands-on job training in various areas such as basis computer operation, data entry, cooking, dishwashing, facility maintenance, office administration, clerical, accounting, social service, materials procurement, and landscaping / gardening - to name a few.

TRANSPORTATION: Turning Point Center provides transportation for resident clients in order that they may keep medical, dental and other benefit / assistance application appointments. Additionally, the shelter provides transportation to and from planned group educational and recreational activities. Resident clients are also provided with Metro bus tokens on an "as needed" basis.

Please consider a cash donation or supplies! (call for an updated list of needs)
FOOD ITEMS
Oil (Fryer)
Gr. Beef
Powdered eggs (25#)
Powdered milk (50#)
Chicken & Beef base
Produce: Fruits & Vegetables

KITCHEN SUPPLIES
Paper Towels
Napkins
Aluminum Foil (18”)
Plastic Wrap/Saran Wrap (18”)
Disposable serving gloves
50 & 13 gal. garbage bags

TOILETRIES
Toilet Paper
Vacuum-seal storage bags

GENERAL OPERATING FUNDS
Basic Utilities
Transportation
Postage Stamps
Items from Houston Food Bank
Bus Tokens

SERVICES
Air Conditioner Repair & Maintenance
Auto Repair, Service & Parts
Printing - Business Cards & Brochures
Plumbing

CLEANING SUPPLIES
Lime-Away
Kaboom
bathroom cleaner
Glass Cleaner

FURNITURE

APPLIANCES

VOLUNTEERS

28

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is not a safe haven for boy's. This is suppose to be a treatment center for helping youth boys. But it is NOT this place is a money grubbing place that does not help, that does exactly the opposite. It is a place where they degrade your child and say that it's all there fault. For the staff to make excuses for putting there hands on a child that has emotional and mental issues. The Doctors one specific but wont mention any names. Says that they want the best for your child, but when the child had been there for over 9 months and come to find out after myself and a probation officer insisted that he have a complete psychological evaluation found that he has more than what the doctor said the emotional and the behavioral problems that in actuality was schizophrenia with psychosis that the doctor obviously didn't take the time nor see him like he should have. I don't feel that they did what needed to be done and that my son was worse when he came out. Thank god for the referee saying that he would not be going back there. There was a supervisor that told me the mom directly that these kids didn't belong in this society and that they should ever be let out. How can say that this place is a good treatment center. I surely cant. I hope that whoever reads this, before putting there child in this facility will think twice.
I really hope that I have helped someone.
I also wanted to stat that my sons probation officer will never recommend this place or any referral's she thought that she was putting my child where he would get the treatment that he needed but did not.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turning point helps many people to turn their lives around and give them a second chance with their life.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with my church and I can cotest that The Turning Point Center is a safe haven for people homeless and in despair.

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

by particapating in helping the organization.I got as much out of it as we did helping them.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I came with my school mates to bring our donation of blue Jeans everyone was very helpful.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came with my girfriend and her class It looked like better apartments then mine This is a great place if your homeless

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Turning Point showed me homeless is a widespread problem across the nation and world. Turning Point is not just a homeless shelter - it is aq rescue for food, water, homes, jobs and most of all hope

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1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this Charity for several years. I think what they are doing there is great

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lived and continue to support my friends at Turning Point.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The bingo is a big hit we do thios all over Houston at various shelters but we never have as big a turnout as we do here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a participant with The Turning Point Center and they have come to our school to help us too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Client director George Gomez at TPC has been absolutely wonderful! he always responds quickly and provides such detailed information. I have volunteered with TPC . They couldn't have a more seamless and organized volunteer process. I know the Volunteer Manager is super busy but he always takes the time to assist us in scheduling our visits. I would recommend volunteering with the agency without a doubt!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The day of the opportunity I came a little early to tour the facility and learn more about the organization. I really enjoyed my experience and can't wait until next week!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When we came to volunteerhe folks at Turning Point were all to happy to see us. We spent from 10 am until lunch was over then some of us talked with the older people it was a good time to talk with them

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i was called today from Georg's assistant at Turning Point asking me to come here and write a review I was more then happy to oblige.
I was a resident at Turning Point in 2008 and although I was only there for a short 2 months I can attest to how much they do for their residents. This is a place that really cares for and does their best to help each and every person they come in contact with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best program I have ever been to now 3 months sober and getting better I thank You TPC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Turnig Point is the only place that addreses the elderly homeless. In the past 20 years they have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. The model is being researched by other large cities around the US eager to replicate their success. for more information check their web page at turningpointcenter.org It is a great place to start!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It gives people the tools to completely change their lives and the people around them. We visit Michaels father their every Tuesday and Saturday and we have offered him to come stay with us but he refuses for he likes it there better

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have personaly recieved help from the Turning Point Center 1) They gave me a place to stay when no one else would 2)They have not only helped me get my medical benifits but they take me to and from my appointments. 3)They provide nutritios hot meals 3 times a day everyday 4) The staff here really care about you and helping you get back on your feet no other place I have come in contact with comes close to all that Turning Point does.