Vernon, B.C— Turning Points Collaborative Society has a long history of providing life-changing services and programs for our community’s most vulnerable citizens. However, in recent years, the Society has seen an increase in the number of seniors accessing those services and programs.

June 1 – 7 is BC Seniors’ Week.

At Turning Points, we would like to take this time to highlight the growing need for seniors assistance in our community and acknowledge the hard work being done by our dedicated staff and community partners to help as many of these vulnerable citizens as possible.

While we have helped some of our community’s seniors step out of the cycle of homelessness and poverty and into stable, supportive housing, sadly, there is more work to be done.

Every day our staff hear stories and meet new seniors in our community who need our services.

“It is disturbing to see the increased number of seniors in our community currently experiencing homelessness, living in, or teetering on the edge of, poverty,” explained Turing Points Collaborative Society, Executive Director, Randene Wejr.

“It goes to show that there is no clear face of poverty in our community. Poverty does not discriminate. We need to understand this if we are ever going to break its cycle.”

Along with helping to find stable housing, our dedicated staff continue to work with the seniors in our system, checking in on their health and well being while helping them navigate the various services and programs available. We have also worked with community partners to help many seniors in our community to find stable housing outside of our services and programs.

A great example of this work is in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, many of our senior clients were moved into their own suites in various locations throughout the community. This was designed to help them best practice physical distancing and self-isolation, further protecting them from the potential harm of the virus.

Along with housing, we have, and continue to provide, outreach, addiction recovery and sober living services to seniors in our community who live with substance abuse disorders.  And, for those seniors who are capable of working, our WorkBC and Howard Industry services have helped many seniors in our community find work that suits their capabilities.

“A community is defined by how it takes care of its most vulnerable citizens,” said Wejr. “At Turning Points, we work hard to make sure our doors are open to anyone who needs our help.”