|Letter from the Executive Director:|
Spring is officially in the air. Seasons remind us of change, but spring is specifically a time for starting over. Each family that comes through the door at Turning Pointe has the opportunity for a new beginning. It is not always easy. Often times, there are many barriers to overcome: establishing credit, securing housing, finding a job, dealing with trauma, learning how to navigate the system, etc. Our advocates do an amazing job supporting clients on this journey.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to anyone. Recently, someone asked me how many men we serve. I guessed about 1-3%, but then I ran a report. In 2021, out of 439 clients, 84 were men. That means almost 20% of our client base is men. We also serve other minority communities, including LGBTQ+ and transgender individuals, who are often overlooked as survivors of sexual violence.
A staff member wrote, “This morning, as I was talking to a client, she told me about the trauma and hate she experienced over the last two years as a transgender person. She shared with me that for the first time in two years she felt safe and ‘at home’. She believes she was meant to be here, in this town, at this point in her journey. For this client, being at Turning Pointe is her ‘new beginning’.”
Thank you for your support as we create a safe place to land for survivors to pick up the pieces of their lives and start over.
Gina Finley, MNPL
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“When I took a new client and her son back through the shelter to show them their new home for now, her son couldn’t control his excitement. He bounced around the playroom and was awed at the toys.
When we finally got to their room and I opened the door, she fell to the ground. She kept asking me, “Is this all for us?”. Her son then ran in and immediately started jumping on the bed.
She told me she truly believes that divine intervention brought her to Turning Pointe. She finally felt safe enough to start rebuilding her life for her and her son.”
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