Message From Turning Points Collaborative Society Executive Director
Turning Points Collaborative Society programs and services are helping restore lives, build community and strengthen people.
This is no more evident than in the case of My Place, a 52-unit supportive housing site in Vernon, British Columbia.
When "My Place" opened its doors in July 2019, it immediately created stability and security for community members experiencing homelessness.
Many of the residents have made significant gains in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and financial health because of having their own apartment. We have seen the community of "My Place" grow and flourish – both residents and staff.
The hard work of the residents and staff in creating a successful "My Place" has not gone unnoticed.
Recently, BC Housing announce proposed plans to build two new supportive housing sites in Vernon. This is in large part due to the success of "My Place."
These sites will be very similar to the "My Place" design, with between 50 and 54 units per apartment complex. There will also be the same supports and programs in place, such as meals, laundry, 24/7 staffing, overdose prevention, medical room, shared common space and space for our external partners to provide services to the residents.
Turning Points Collaborative Society has been chosen to assist with the design and then to operate both facilities.
While the residents in all of our programs are doing much of the work, it is crucial to have a staff that understands the challenges that residents, program participants and shelter clients face, and to respond with empathy, generosity, kindness and to provide timely resources and support.
As an organization, we are incredibly fortunate and well-positioned with our numerous talented staff members who work within a rich continuum of services.
We have had the joy of watching the housing first model at work over the past year at My Place, and I do not doubt that these two new projects will enjoy the same success.
Again, TPCS is leading the way in providing services to folks in our province who need housing first.
This is due in large part to our dedicated, empathic staff that continue to put the well being of the most vulnerable members of our community as a priority.
I want to extend a warm thank you to our staff who lead with passion.