March 2023 Newsletter

Mar 20, 2023

Letter From the Executive Director

As Turning Pointe strives to be a supportive place to work, we added a unique benefit this year for staff: a family membership with the YMCA. We were the first corporate member at the Shelton branch!

The YMCA is more than just a gym – it promotes wellness and community. I’ve enjoyed running into staff at the Y after a long day at work. Whether they’re there with their families or solo, they’re coming to do something for themselves.

In our line of work, we’re constantly exposed to trauma and pain, which can become physically and emotionally draining. We have to counteract that with support, self-care, and taking time to debrief. As the saying goes, “If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others.” Taking the time to do something for themselves, like going to the Y, is a huge step to making sure our staff is ready to continue the work of supporting survivors.

Another big boost is the support we receive from our community. We’re so grateful for every donation and partnership – we couldn’t do it without you!

– Gina Finley, Executive Director, Turning Pointe

Upcoming Events

Sexual Assault Core Training

To register for Core Training, email or call Turning Pointe at (360) 426-1216 and ask for Verenise!

Teen Drop-In Time

Prevention Corner

March is Women’s History Month. Use this month to educate the young woman in your life about women in the past who have made positive changes!

This is also a great month to educate the young women in our life about their rights and the autonomy they have over their own bodies and healthcare.

Check out this list from the University of Washington to see which services minors are able to seek for themselves, without needing parental consent.

Client Stories

In our Breaking the Cycle group, youth can work on arts and crafts, socialize with peers, and build relationships. For example, youth love sharing about their day and gathering in a circle to read books. As you can see in the image above, we have blue “stepping stone” cushions the kids can jump on – sometimes we’ll imagine they’re lily pads and pretend to be frogs. Kids often tell me how coming to the group is the highlight of their day, and I’m glad to be able to provide that space for them as their Youth Advocate.

– Luis, Youth Advocate, Turning Pointe

Valentine’s Day at Turning Pointe

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at Turning Pointe by hosting a day of crafts and games! Of course, we had plenty of treats to make the holiday sweet, including everything from candy to art supplies and coloring books. Activities included: heart decorating (pictured), the “telephone” game, candy bag making (pictured), and much more!

Board Member Spotlight: Sharon

What is your role at Turning Pointe?
I am a member of Turning Pointe’s Board.

How long have you been a Board member?
I’ve been a board member since 2018.

Why are you so passionate about serving on Turning Pointe’s Board?
Having experienced domestic violence and being a victim’s advocate while working at the Prosecutor’s office has instilled a passion to help others. I was also raised to care for others and give them a hand when they need it. Sometimes it’s as simple as giving a hug and planting a seed that will help someone have the confidence they need to get out of a situation and move forward.

What hobby or activity do you enjoy most?
I love working in my yard. There is nothing like the smell of nature!

What is one goal you have for Turning Pointe in the next 5 years?
I am so excited about the progress Turning Pointe has made and I see bigger and better things for the future. We have an amazing Board, amazing staff, and amazing supporters. My goal is to help Turning Pointe continue to grow and continue to have the resources needed to accomplish that.

Shelter Needs

Please contact Theresa at if you’re able to help with any of the following items:

  • Blankets
  • Laundry soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Toothpaste

If you know someone who needs our services, please have them call or text the number below.


A huge thank you to our 2022-2023 Adopt-A-Room Sponsors:

4th Dimension Construction
Belco Forest Products (2 rooms)
Bill & Holly Oplinger
Brady Trucking Inc.
Cindi Amadio
Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Lori Morgan
George & Olene Steele
Green Diamond Resource Company
Hackney Family Dentistry
Hood Canal Communications
In Memory of Steve Bang (2 rooms)
Joe L. & Nancy L. Synder
Laura Thomas
Melissa & Ted Lagreid
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
Rob & Wendy Wilson-Hoss
Ross McKnight (3 rooms)
Shelton Skookum Rotary
Sue Patterson
The Weza Family

Consider joining the Friends of Turning Pointe Legacy Society!

As you plan your legacy, consider being part of ours. When you give or pledge $25,000, you can become a Friend of Turning Pointe. Benefits include:

Recognition on our website
Recognition at our annual Power of the Purse fundraiser
Two free tickets to Power of the Purse
Your name on a permanent plaque in our shelter
A lapel pin to show your support
Physical copy of our annual reports delivered to you
Invitation to our annual donor appreciation event

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