|Letter from the Executive Director:|
Recently, Turning Pointe staff completed a training on “vicarious trauma.” In short, vicarious trauma is the effect that counselors, therapists, and advocates experience dealing with those people directly experiencing trauma, like the effect secondhand smoke has on people who share a space with smokers.
One of the values of Turning Pointe is the creation of a supportive, healthy work environment and to create opportunities for staff to work through the vicarious trauma they may be experiencing. One way we get to do this is by providing a full YMCA membership for each staff where they can workout, partake in childcare opportunities, and participate in classes that promote wellness.
Another new addition to supporting staff wellness is our recent partnership with the Humane Society of Mason County to be a foster location for cats. Our first cat is named Ben. He is friendly, sweet, and the staff get to experience that special, unconditional love from an animal in the office.
Last but not least, the leadership team will be hosting our third annual staff retreat with surprises in store for the advocates and support staff. Everyone gets to participate in this all-day event, which isn’t always easy for a 24/7 staffed shelter but it is important.
I aim to support a well-cared for staff so that they can continue to effectively serve those who are vulnerable, hurting, and in need of their own support.
Gina Finley, MNPL
Our first shelter foster cat, Ben!
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