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OUR AGENCY

WHO WE ARE

Our vision and goals commit us to assisting those in need to become self-sufficient by helping them to break the cycles of substance and/or alcohol abuse, economic insecurity, food insecurity, mental health issues, domestic violence and in some cases, incarceration which have permeated their lives and leave them at risk for prolonged and repeated episodes of homelessness. We look to:

 

  • provide safe and secure housing options which includes emergency and permanent supportive housing programs;
  • develop and implement programs that help to address the underlying causes of homelessness
  • provide on-the-job training opportunities, employment opportunities and to help instill a sense of entrepreneurial spirit for those that we serve and our local community through our Almost Home Social Enterprise Initiative;
  • promote the well-being and wholeness of all individuals that we serve.

Turning Point Community Services Inc. (TPCS) is a community-based, non-profit organization was founded by Christine L. McCloud along with a group of experienced minority social service providers, business people, and advocates who were committed to providing secure housing and supportive services to underserved minorities.  Our mission evolved from the changing demographic trends and socio-economic realities that have shaped the needs of minorities and other underserved persons within Essex County.

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Our mission and goals commit us to empowering homeless women, their children and their loved ones through the implementation of programs that facilitate a person’s ability to become self-sufficient by helping to break the cycles of violence, substance abuse, poverty, and incarceration that have permeated their lives and keep them at risk for prolonged periods of homelessness. Our staff, volunteers, and associated client agencies work collaboratively to successfully meet consumer needs through the development of emergency and transitional housing, the provision of supportive services, and the sharing of resources through technical assistance and training.

 

TPCS initially began providing emergency housing services at another location in the Township of Irvington, NJ in February 2002.  Originally, Servant’s House, was designed to provide emergency housing to women and children only, however TPCS expanded their services and provided additional emergency housing services to single fathers with children and whole family units at its Agape Inn program to meet additional needs within the county for emergency housing (This program was discontinued in 2007 for fiscal reasons). In an effort to improve upon the quality of housing stock for its clients, TPCS relocated Servant’s House to its current location in May of 2003.

 

Servant’s House, located in Irvington just on the Newark border, provides enhanced emergency housing through an apartment like setting to women and their children with on-site support services. The program has the capacity to house approximately 24 families (this is dependent upon family size/composition) at any given time and is staffed twenty-four hours a day to ensure that residential needs are addressed in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner.

 

TPCS’ enhanced emergency housing model offers on-site assistance to clients in need of ancillary services. Services are based upon an intensive family-centered case management model that includes a multi-step process which ensures coordinated and expeditious access to a range of appropriate social, health, and medical services for the client and their identified family members.  All services are structured to facilitate a client’s level of independent functioning and overall quality of life.

 

TPCS offers additional service components to participating clients and outside client agencies: (1) Emergency Needs Assistance (transportation, food, clothing and medication purchase/medical referral assistance); (2) Housing Placement Assistance; (3) Woman’s Support Group; (4) Traditional Job Training Program; and the (5) Social Enterprise/Entrepreneurial Training Program.