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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.

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To my women on the streets,

Don't give up, there is people out there who will help you and your family. God will always be there with you through all the things you go through, Be strong for your children. Don't Give Up.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i graduated from college recently and joined americorps nccc as a way to withness new experiences and broaden my knowlede. i greatly appreciate that tpc has allowed my team to live in this house across the street and it was gracious for the dining area to be made available to us.the residents were respectful and unterstanding.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My dad is 77, he's on oxygen, in a wheelchair, and he can't take care of himself anymore But, boy, when it's dinnertime, he's there. It's the high point of his day. Turning Point provides more then just his basic needs they have given him self esteem and I am so thankful for all they do for him.

Azzie Watts

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to do my community service and Jeff had me working on calling past residents, donors and volunteers to write reviews for the contest. I hope they win they are good people here and need it to help the homeless people living here.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turning Point is not just another non profit providing food and necessities to the homeless. It is a home to many who call the street their home. The many homeless people I have meet all love the . The staff at Turning Point are all great.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They Give 100 percent of the dontaions to their Cause. Their are caring and wonderful people here. If you want invest your time or money this Great place to do it.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were told about this wonderful place Turning Point this past week. Process was very friendly and easy we were giving all paperworks prior to today and today we met with the client service manager. Turning Point also helped in so much in this process, which took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. When we had question George was very informative and answered all of my questions We also want to volunteer there!!!!!!!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turning Point is our neighbor They helped us clean up our neighborhood they give our homeless a safe place to live. We have never had any problem here and their complex is the cleanest one in the entire neighborhood. I appreciate Turning Point and value them as a good neighbor

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came to Turning Point today to do some community service work I like to help out the homeless whenever I can and Turning Point is the best place for me to do that.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the people who are down and out and need food and water in order to survive another day. The TPC Coalition cheerfully feeds these people hot, healthy meals, when nobody else even wants to look at. TPC helps these people and gives them hope.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All people need help in some way I volunteer when I can but working 6 days a week makes it hard. When I do volunteer it is for places like Turning Point Center

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I found myself homeless in Austin back in 1992 they had just completed a new six million dollar center and I had occasion to stay there many times. It was fairly regimented, endless lines. You stood in a long line to get in, another long line to get your meal, then you took a shower and stood in another long line for your bedclothes and a bed. The barracks-style room you slept in was always noisy until late in the evening. They woke you early (around 5:30am or so) and you're back standing in line for breakfast. Oatmeal and bread. Then, out the door, no matter what the weather. Good luck finding a job.
When I found myself homeless and without amywhere to go just this last April I found Turning Point wow what a difference I shared a apartmwent with 3 other people the other 2 had just both recently been released from a long (10+ years) stint in jail so they were conditioned to be neat and clean freaks anyways it was night and day from my first stint at being homeless. Turning Point feed you real good 3 times a day and always was putting food out in the courtyard for anyone to take back th their room. The staff also was very nice and they were concerned with getting me back on my feet intead of feeding me and pushing me back out the door every morning.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Recently, my father, Jessie ortiz was introduced to the TPC Center as a way for re-entering society through their program a He is an long time street living homeless individual who is looking forward to joining an organization that mentors, educates and counsels. Although he can come home, he told me he wants to stand on his own and that's why he was drawn to the TPC Center. There are many that have problems and issues that so much of our society are willing to give up on, then along comes organizations like the TPC Center! Thank God for you! Please continue believing and helping Gods' people! I am going to personally look forward to volunteering in the near future! With Sincere Love, Gratitude and Thanks....... Misty Sanchez

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turning Point Center is a great organization. Managed by volunteers with such integrity. I love the vision of the organization. I think God is taking it somewhere big.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Turning Point is doing great work in Houston, and soon around the world. The people in the organization have a great passion to help the homeless, and anyone else that desperately needs help. If you truly want to make a difference in this world then I recommend checking out Turning Point and donate or volunteer your efforts go for a good cause.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On any given day there are more than 10,000 homeless people living on the streets of Harris County. GFo to downtown Houston at anytime of the day.

*10,000 -hungry people without appropriate clothing
*10,000 cold without water and basic needs and
*10,000 homeless without proper shoes

The lucky ones find their way to Turning Point the others go with out anyone caring

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having grown up in Houston I can attest to the homeless problem downtown you see it every day they live under the I 10 freeway and it's a weird scene to see the homeless interacting downtown with all the yuppy types doing business there. Turning Point has done a great job getting the people squatting in the vacant buildings and provided them with a safe place to live.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A portion of homeless persons are generally in transit, but there is no generally accepted terminology to describe them; some nomenclature is frequently associated with derogatory connotations, and thus the professional and vernacular lingo to describe these persons is both evolving and not lacking in controversy. Much of the concern stems from the European situation, where "homeless" persons of Roma, Sinti and other ethnic descent have rejected the term "gypsy". Other terms which some use regarding in-transit persons are: transient,vagabond, tramp or "railroad tramp". Occasionally these terms are interchanged with terms not necessarily implying that the person is a traveler, i.e. hobo. The term "bum" is used for persons lacking worth ethic or ethic generally, but its application to persons purely on the basis of homelessness is strictly a form of prejudicial labeling. The term "transient" is frequently used in police reports, without any precise definitions across jurisdictions.

I support all that The Turning Point is doing to change the negative term homeless person. These people are humans who need help and thank God for places like The Turning Point Center.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Turning Point is a good example of work at the community level. I would like to comment that the person who founded Turning Point Center has gotten awards from President Bill Clinton and President George Bush it is nice to see her get reconition for the past 10-20 years of her great community work.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My friend and I volunteered for the reading program and it was so much fun! The volunteer staff was awesome. They returned my email the same day and answered all my questions. 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!

Review from Guidestar