Vernon, B.C. — There are growing concerns throughout the community about the spread of COVID-19, or as it is also known, coronavirus.

The society is working closely with the Center for Disease Control, Interior Health and stakeholders.

Individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of developing more serious complications from a virus outbreak, like COVID-19.

And while the health and safety of our clients, staff and guests is always our top priority, Turning Points has been following the latest information on the spread of COVID-19, and we are responding accordingly.

We are being proactive with staff and encouraging clients to adopt best preventative practices as recommended by Health Canada and the Province of British Columbia’s health authorities, which includes the practice of everyday preventive actions like hand washing and the up-keep of personal hygiene.

We have implemented protocols and guidelines at all our sites based on recommendations from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

This includes the distribution of factual, educational materials to help staff and clients best recognize the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and how best to address a person potentially infected with the virus.

We will continue to engage with community partners to ensure we are doing all we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and create a safe and healthy community for everybody.

In addition, we will see some service disruptions at the Turning Points administration office due to COVID-19 concerns.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking proactive measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff.

The office will see a temporary disruption in walk-in services, but clients can still make appointments to access our program coordinators and case managers who work out of the administration office.

Effective at 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020, the Turning Points Collaborative Society administration office will be closed until further notice.

Clients of WorkBC, the Homeless Prevention Program or the Homeless  Outreach Provider will be still be seen, however, by appointment only.

Drop-in clients will not be accepted.

Clients who need to connect or make an appointment with these services can still do so.

To contact the Homeless Prevention Program coordinator, Eric Denison

Call (250) 542-3555 ext 211 or email

To contact the Homeless Outreach Program coordinator, Kelly Denis

Call (250) 542-3555 ext 210 or email

To contact WorkBC case manager contact, Rachelle Tessier

Call (250) 542-3555 ext 204 or email

To contact WorkBC case manager contact, Malmie Gunawardena

Call (250) 542-3555 ext 208 or email

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding.