|Letter from the Executive Director: |
Our Program Director, Susan, and I drove up to the DV Services of Snohomish County for a regional meeting and tour. While their bed capacity is similar to ours, their budget and team are both significantly larger. It was hard not to have “shelter envy”.
I am extremely grateful for what our shelter is able to do with the funds that we work hard for every year. However, seeing another shelter gave us motivation and ideas to make our shelter even more welcoming and survivor-centered.
Camryn, the Shelter Support Advocate, took up the task to create and fill an library in the lobby full of trauma-informed self-care and inspiration stories that clients can “check out” at any point during their stay. It is an amazing resource and the lobby has been transformed thanks to her dedication to clients.
Advocates have also committed to give every new client new sheets, a new pillow, a set of towels and washcloths, and a stuffed animal for any kids when they arrive to our shelter. When thinking about what it must be like to finally arrive at Turning Pointe, when abuse and fear are replaced with relief and uncertainty, it seems like the least we can do to give them not only a room but a few essentials that they can take with them after they eventually leave our shelter.
It is a small thing, but nothing is too small after what our clients have survived. It will cost us more money, however. Several local groups and churches have offered to help us provide these room kits. Another way our community can help is by being a part of our Adopt a Room program, which recently funded installation dimmer switches in our clients rooms so they can control their lighting.
We want to provide the very best shelter stay for our clients with what we have and keep aiming for more.
Gina Finley, MNPL
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“I was giving a presentation in the community on domestic violence. A man came up to me after I had finished and told me about an experience he had recently.
He had been in a realtor’s office and overheard a conversation between a customer and the clerk. The customer was telling the clerk that this was going to be her first ever apartment and she had gotten it through being a client with Turning Pointe. She kept saying how excited she was.
This made an impression on the man at my presentation, and it made one on me, too.”
Letter from the Executive Director:Recently, Turning Pointe staff completed a training on "vicarious trauma." In short, vicarious trauma is the...