Vernon, B.C. — Turning Points Collaborative Society continues to provide essential services to the community’s most vulnerable citizens during this difficult and unprecedented time.

We are working diligently with BC Housing, Interior Health, the City of Vernon and our many other community partners to ensure that we continue to provide essential services during this time.

The contract has been extended for our temporary winter shelter program for an additional three months, however, the site is closed.
Our sites are not operating at capacity, and the staff that we have in the TWS program are being deployed to other sites to assist with ramped up sanitization, cleaning and prevention.
Once we are able to recruit qualified staff to cover all shifts we will re-open the physical portion of the program as needed.

At our other sites, to minimize the risk of infection as much as possible, we are following the guidelines issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Provincial Health Officer.

This includes travel restrictions, hand washing protocols including providing portable hand-washing stations at our shelters and housing sites—in addition, we are practicing social distancing and have implemented a work-from-home strategy for staff that can do so.

Frontline staff in the shelters are advised to minimize their contact with others while not at work, and masks will be utilized to prevent the spread of outside contact to clients when possible.

Furthermore, we have shut down our housing and administrative sites to visitors and non-essential deliveries while maintaining essential health, and food services.

The health, safety and well-being of our staff, clients, and the community has to take the highest priority.

Turning Points Collaborative Society has been providing vital services to Vernon and surrounding communities since 1957.

The importance of this essential role in operating housing, addiction and employment services is demonstrated once again during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world.

Executive Director, Randene Wejr