The John Howard Society is a community-based organization comprising of, and govererned by individuals whose goal is to understand and respond to crime and its consequences.

“At Turning Points Collaborative Society, we are proud to provide a continuum of care by creating wrap around services.” — Turning Points Collaborative Society executive director, Randene Wejr.

We offer a variety of employment, housing, addictions recovery, shelter and outreach programs. We are also very proud to have partnered with the following stakeholders/funding partners BC Housing, Interior Health, Community Futures, Province of BC, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and a number of private citizens who donate regularly.

Our programs and the continuity of care: Clients and residents of TPC programs benefit from the ability to participate in a programming area that suits their choices and needs. Clients are able to move between the different programs and sites to support them at the pace they are ready for.

ADDICTIONS RECOVERY & SUPPORTED RECOVERY HOUSING

Addiction treatment and supportive recovery housing at Turning Points restores lives. Turning Points recognizes addiction to alcohol and other drugs as a chronic, progressive, and sometimes-fatal disease. We also know it is a manageable disease. That’s why support at Turning Points addresses multiple facets of addiction, and why our services support lifelong recovery. Referrals and inquires can me made to: addictions@nulltpc.ca

INTERVENTION SERVICES: Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action oriented

BILL’S PLACE, ADDICTIONS TREATMENT & SUPPORTIVE RECOVERY HOUSING PROGRAMS: Stages of Change: Action oriented

HAVEN PLACE, SOBER LIVING SUITES: Stages of Change: Action, maintenance oriented

AFTERCARE: Stages of Change: Action, maintenance oriented

HOUSING & SUPPORTED HOUSING

With flexible supports, people with housing barriers can live in housing of their choice, just like any other member of the community. Programs take different approaches to housing. In some, people live in units reserved for the program’s tenants, among those with and without special needs. In others, people receive the program’s help finding, qualifying for, and keeping housing on the open market. All tenants have access to an array of services that help them keep their housing, such as case management, conflict resolution, and crisis response. Tenants also receive help in becoming fully participating members of the community, through assistance with socialization and seeking employment. Referrals and inquires can me made to: housing@nulltpc.ca

MY PLACE: Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance oriented

BLAIR APARTMENTS: Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance oriented

HOMELESS PREVENTION & OUTREACH PROGRAM: Client base: People in poverty; People leaving the corrections and/or hospital systems; People who have experienced Violence or are At Risk of Violence; Youth, including those leaving the care system; or People of Aboriginal descent. Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance oriented

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

Turning Points Employment Services offers dedicated Employment Specialists who help you set and reach your goals. We don’t just find you the right job — we provide you with the job training, computer training and education needed to succeed. Job experience is tough to acquire when it seems like nobody will hire you. Turning Points will help prepare you and your resume, teaching you to be a more appealing candidate on paper and in person. We’ll help you acquire the job skills and experience you need to enter the labour market, tailoring our services to suit your strengths. Going beyond that, we will even work with employers to provide workplace accommodations for you if they are necessary. Referrals and inquires can me made to: employment@nulltpc.ca

WORK BC EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM: Client base: Adults with barriers to employment

HOWARD INDUSTRIES: – Social Enterprise: Uncle Howie’s Kitchen – Catering business lunches, Clean Sweep – Handyman work, renovations, rental unit repairs, cleaning and maintenance contracts

SHELTER

Support Services is essential to the health and wellness of our shelters. We know that our shelters are a home away from home and therefore, creating clean and safe spaces for our residents is a priority. Our Support Services team is responsible for maintaining hygienic shelter spaces, preparing nutritious meals and ensuring our facilities are in order. This arm of our work allows us to meet a diverse range of needs and health conditions at each of our unique shelters. Referrals and inquires can me made to: shelter@nulltpc.ca

AMALGAMATED SHELTER DUE TO COVID-19: Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation oriented

GATEWAY SHELTER: (CLOSED TEMPORARILY)  Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation oriented

OUR PLACE SHELTER: (CLOSED TEMPORARILY) Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation oriented

TEMPORARY WINTER SHELTER: (CLOSED TEMPORARILY) Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation oriented

WINTER SURGE SHELTER SUPPORT SERVICES: (CLOSED TEMPORARILY) Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation oriented.

In addition to the day to programs we operate we have the privilege of working with our community on various initiatives which have included:

  • Sexual Assault Servies
  • Male Sexual Abuse Awareness
  • Okanagan Bad Date Program
  • Violence Against Woman in Relationships
  • High Risk Domestic Violence Committee
  • Harm Reduction Strategy
  • Homelessness Strategy
  • Partners in Action
  • Welcoming Communities Program
  • Responsible Gambling
  • City Policy for Displaced Tenants in Affordable Housing Units
  • Opioid Crisis Response
  • Okanagan Recovery Day
  • Women’s Second Stage Addictions Recovery
  • Access to Local Detox Services
  • Homelessness Action Week
  • Service Provider’s Appreciation Night
  • Service Provider Q&A
  • Suicide Prevention Committee
  • Temporary Winter Shelter expansion
  • Hospital Discharge Action Team
  • Emergency Food Action Network
  • COOL Team, The Camp Okanagan Outreach/Liaison Team
  • Address Wait Time for Income Assistance
  • Supports for Survival Sex Workers
  • Women’s Only Drop in Center
  • Community Dental Access Center Committee
  • Hoarding Response Action Team
  • Secure Shelter Services in Downtown Core