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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

31 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

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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Donor

Rating: 5

We were able to meet Jeff today and he was very sincere in thanking us for the donation we brought.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am not a rich guy, but this is where my monthly charity check goes to. I figure, if I am carrying a few extra pounds, that means I have enough money to share with those that do not have enough to eat.

Donor

Rating: 5

As we prepare to eat another family meal focused on abundance,it is important to remember that not everyone is able to have a table filled with food and family. If you are able, this is a very worthwhile local charity that uses most of your donation to feed the hungry.Every dollar donated goes towards feeding Houston's homeless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Upon arriving we were welcomed by Jeff, the volunteer coordinator, and thanked us for giving our time. He quickly outlined the tasks for our shift and split us into groups. Everything was well planned and organized, our team quickly became a well-oiled sorting and packing machine. I've done some other service projects where I've felt volunteers were under-utilized or projects were poorly planned, but not here by the end of my shift I felt like I had made an impact, a small one, but an impact all the same.

Turning Point gets a A for organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

I dont volunteer but I donate often to TPC. They are local in my community and do great work. I would love to see TPC continue to thrive

Donor

Rating: 5

We came from the food bank project to donate some sandwiches we love & support turning point

Donor

Rating: 5

I had voluntereed at Turning Point back in November (100 hours) and I am moving to College Station to be closer to my school so I brought some items I thought Turning Point could use for their people. Turning Point is a great charity doing fantastic things for the homeless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

From Outreach Community Church Katy TX we donated some bake goods today. We have a long running relationship with Turning Point and we support them whenever we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is such an incredible opportunity to help people living on the streets. It is ideal for small groups. There is not a huge time commitment;a couple of hours. It is so well organized & efficient. A real blessing to be able to provide good, clean, useful clothes & other needed items.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My church has volunteered many times at Turning Point and we regularly donate clothes and food. We always have a great time there, today we did bingo for the seniors and we spent almost 4 hours there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This Homeless Shelter does a decent job. They are trying to weed out homelessness in Houston and I know that will not happen. But they seem to be working hard to try and reduce homelessness tremendously. They accept all kinds of donations, and you can call and ask them what they accept exactly. I have been impressed by the strict rules they have. I know they have to be strict, but even with my being impressed, I don't think they are strict enough. But at least there is a shelter here!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am always happy to visit Turning Point and I was able to bring some much needed cold medicine and some clothes. The lady I spoke with on Friday told me there was a bug going around so this trip I made sure to bring in some much needed cold medicine. Turning Point has been providing this wonderful place to help people and I try to do my part.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We just came to drop off some extra winter coats we found Turning Point on the web and were very imppressed with their track record.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently became acquainted with Turning Point and my experience today as was the last time was fine. They came to my house and pick-up up our sectional living room set that we are replacing this weekend. The driver and his helper were real nice and quickly moved the items without breaking anything or being to much of a disturbance. I asm happy to donate my items to Turning Point as my dealings with them have been very professional.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating clothes, food and furniture to Turning Point Center for a long time. They are a great non-profit and I belive in the work they do.

Other organizations take what you donate and then sell them like Goodwill, Salvation army etc. I like Turning Point because they do not resell the items and if they cannot use them at their place they are networked within the community to share with other shelters so that ui know my donations are being put to good use.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The first sight you see as you enter The Turning Point Center is a beautiful life size statue of an angel. The landscaping is very well laid out and manicured you can tell that they take pride in their facility. I brought some household items to donate and they even offered to come to my home and pick them up however I already had it loaded in my suv. I first read about Turning Point on the internet and I must say after visiting them today I can see why they have been the recipient of so many awards. The work they are doing to help our older homeless should be commended.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We take our all of our donations to TPC last summer we donated our older Mitsibishi 60 inch big screen and today I donated 2 more tv's . Turning Point provides a place for the forgotten and lonley senior citizens and I wish every city in America had a place like Turning Point.

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