The Turning Point Center for Women and Children is a transitional housing program for young women who are homeless and have children. Families may stay up to two years. The program offers families a safe environment and mothers can gain the life skills needed to be self-sufficient in the Independent Living Skills (ILS) program, which includes classes on: financial management, nutrition, interpersonal skills, breaking the cycle of co-dependence, education, housing, parenting, job readiness, legal matters, and cultural awareness.
Opportunity:Fun Field trips for Youth Description: Our Turning Point mothers are always interested in special field trips for their children, but this is often hard for them due to limited financial resources. How to Help: You can donate tickets to youth-friendly events and activities, such as: amusement parks, movie theaters, sporting games, plays, entertainment shows (for example, Disney on Ice), etc.
Opportunity:Paint a Turning Point Apartment Description: Every time a family transitions out of Turning Point and a new one moves in, there is a need for the apartment to be cleaned and repainted. In the past, one staff member at Turning Point has been responsible for completing this laborious task or hiring contractors to assist him. How to Help: We are in need of volunteer groups to help with the apartment “makeovers” and to offset the costs of painting supplies. Find out about potential service dates and sign up a volunteer group by contacting the Volunteer and Donation Drive Coordinator (contact info below). Please note that this is a great opportunity for corporate service groups!
Opportunity: Welcome Home Campaign Description: The Salvation Army currently outfits each Turning Point apartment unit with dinnerware, kitchen appliances, pots and pans, linens and other apartment supplies for the mothers who cannot afford their own. We are in need of individuals and groups to help purchase these items for the Turning Point families. How to Help:Host a donation drive. Check out this one-pager for additional details.
On-going Volunteer Opportunities:
Position Title: Childcare Assistant Schedule: Mondays, 6:45pm-8:30pm; Thursdays 6:15pm-8:30pm Position Description: Spend two hours a week volunteering with Playtime Project and the wonderful Turning Point children! Play games, read books, create art projects and other activities with children while their mothers are in skill workshops. Requirements: Volunteers should be comfortable setting appropriate boundaries to maintain order, safety, structure and respect for Playtime expectations. Volunteers are expected to make a two-hour weekly commitment for at least six months. Sign-Up: Register with Playtime Project.
Position Title: Custodial Assistant Schedule: Must be available for a minimum of one four-hour shift per week Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. Specific day(s) and hours will be specified at time of placement. Position Description: Repair appliances, fix minor repairs to building, move furniture, clean carpets, paint units, clean apartments, maintain building grounds and assist with other maintenance and/or custodial tasks.
Position Title: Healthcare Provider Schedule: Flexible Description: We are looking for healthcare professionals who are interested in visiting the center to provide free physical exams, oral exams or dental exams to the mothers and children.
Position Title: Job Readiness Instructor Schedule: Flexible Description: Teach a workshop related to job readiness or life skills: resume writing, interview skills, computer literacy, financial literacy, etc. (Strong interest in volunteers who have past experience working with individuals with little or no work history.)
Position Title: Legal Adviser Schedule: Flexible Description: Host a pro-bono legal clinic where residents can receive legal advice on different issues, such as custody of children and child support.
Volunteer and Donation Drive Coordinator