|Letter from the Executive Director:|
Happy New Year!
With a new year, many of us set new goals and make plans for change in the new year. Turning Pointe’s mission has always been to provide safety and support to survivors through advocacy, prevention education, and action for social change. Part of the work of Turning Pointe is to be a catalyst for change in local and state laws and systems to protect survivors.
We are lucky to have three active legislators who support Turning Pointe’s mission and are involved in carrying it out. Senator Sheldon, Representative MacEwen, and Representative Griffey have all supported Turning Pointe with their direct financial support, sponsoring a Capital Budget request, and writing legislation to benefit survivors.
I am excited to be currently working with Senator Sheldon on a large Capital Budget request to get Turning Pointe’s shelter the HVAC upgrade it needs.
We are also working with Representative MacEwen on legislation to properly allocate Department of Social and Health Services funds to Mason County. Despite Turning Pointe being one of the largest shelters in the state and taking in survivors from all over Washington, we get funding that is proportionate to the population of Mason County. This is inequitable for Turning Pointe itself and for the survivors we serve, and we hope to change that.
Finally, we are proud to be providing testimony and support for a bill that Representative Griffey has agreed to cosponsor that would allow survivors to get their deposit back when they are forced to flee a rental. It would also refund the landlords through the Landlord Mitigation Fund.
As Executive Director, I am thankful for our relationship with our legislators and hopeful for a better future for survivors.
May this year bring fulfilled goals and positive change to you and yours.
Gina Finley, MNPL
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CLIENT STORY: “A client shared how proud she was that her child had just graduated from therapy, just another huge step for their family after she and her kids fled domestic violence a year ago. When the family first came to live in our shelter, the kids hardly spoke, were experiencing developmental regressions, and were in a constant state of hypervigilance. But, as they adjusted to their new environment, they started to talk, develop, and play again. The client said it was the youth advocates at Turning Pointe who first started to teach her kids that people could be safe and trustworthy.
Today, the client says that her kids engage in the world with confidence. They are social. They explore. They take risks. And, most importantly, they get to be kids again.”
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