Turning Point | SUPPORT SERVICES/TRAINING PROGRAMS
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SUPPORT SERVICES/TRAINING PROGRAMS

CASE MANAGEMENT

Case Management services are designed to ensure access to a range of services for the client and their family members.

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Services involve the completion of a comprehensive needs assessment to identify both short and long-term service needs. Upon completion of the assessment staff facilitate the completion of a corresponding service plan. These services enhance a client’s ability to successfully transition from a state of homelessness to independent living based on their individual level of readiness. Ongoing referrals, monitoring and follow-up help the client achieve his/her goals while residing in the shelter program.

FOOD PANTRY

TPCS provides a food pantry for all of its clients. Upon intake into the housing program, all clients receive a food…

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bag to help provide immediate stability to the family unit. Additional food bags or referrals to outside food pantry’s are provided to help supplement nutritional needs weekly and/or as needed for the family.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP

​The Women’s Support Group Initiative is a series of support groups designed to meet the needs of the women of…

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Servant’s House. These support groups arose out of the need of many of the women, who are dealing with a myriad of issues and who desired to have a non-judgmental and supportive environment in which to discuss their concerns and issues. The group meets bi-weekly and is designed to be a client led initiative. The Executive Director attends the group once monthly to lend support and to provide information about various resources available to the women and the needs that they present.

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS

To best meet the varying needs of the women and children we serve, TPCS also invites outside agencies and…

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presenters to provide additional support and services by offering the following:

  • Family Violence Awareness Workshops
  • Domestic Violence Support Groups
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness
  • Substance Abuse Awareness
  • Anger Management – groups for both adults and youth
  • Literacy and GED Tutoring
  • Occupational and Educational Counseling
  • Notification of Employment and Training opportunities
  • Notification of low-income Housing opportunities

CLIENT TRAINING PROGRAMS

TPCS recognized the need for additional and alternative training opportunities for clients who were in between mandatory…

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TANF/WFNJ training programs or having difficulty participating in a mandated program. A small training program was developed and initiated by the agency that allows trainees to participate in a dual tracked training program that focuses on learning skills to work in a social service environment and/or a business office environment. An additional training program that focuses on Social Enterprise/Entrepreneurial skills has recently been developed and implemented.

 

Social Service/Business Office Job Training Program

This training program helps trainees to learn the basic skills of working in a social service agency as well as in a business office environment. Clients participate in a 35 hour a week program that focuses on developing skills in: effective personal and written communications, basic computer, office and telephone etiquette. When trainees complete the basic skills learning, the training focuses on more direct and concrete skill building in learning and having opportunity to receive certification in: QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, various Adobe computer programs, basic case management engagement and writing effective case notes.

Social Enterprise/Entrepreneurial Job Training Program

This training program, our newest, has been designed to support the creative endeavors that many of our women possess and to encourage other women to explore their creative and artistic desires. The underlying goal of this program is to plant the seeds and provide a vision of entrepreneurship to show our women their ability the freedom of owning and operating their own businesses by creating goods and services that they have a passion for. The training program is divided into three parts: sewing, jewelry making, and tee shirt design and print. All of the projects made by our women are showcased in the “Almost Home” shop which helps to support the endeavors of this training program.

LITERACY/TUTORING PROGRAM

GED Remedial Study Program

This program is designed to assist clients who desire to take the GED exam…

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but who are on a remedial level and need additional time to come up to speed to participate in a full GED program. The focus of this training is to provide the women with an opportunity to relearn some basic math and writing skills as well as sharpen their reading skills so that they have ability to navigate a full GED Preparation course.

GED Preparation Course

This program is designed to assist clients who possess the needed skills to the take the GED exam. The focus of the training is to assist the women become comfortable with test taking while assisting them in their skill levels and increasing their belief that they have the tools necessary to successfully pass the GED exam.

General Tutoring

General Tutoring is available by appointment for any resident, adult or child, who is in need of assistance with their basic course work from any training or educational program they are enrolled. The tutoring program is intended to help the residents succeed with their educational learning goals and to provide positive reinforcement while offering the assistance they seek.

COOKING PROGRAM

We believe it is important to help the women we serve to understand and embrace healthy eating habits…

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for themselves and their family. As such, as part of our life-skills training, the cooking program was developed to help mothers better budget their finances, to learn how to prepare healthy and hearty meals at reasonable prices and to build community among themselves.

This program has become a partnership between the residents, the staff and community volunteers who work together on sharing shopping tips, learning where and how to buy fresh ingredients, how to cook larger servings so that they have leftovers that can be frozen for later dates, and most importantly, how to make the best use of their monthly budgets by avoiding the traps of buying fast food or single-meal frozen meals, all which are generally unhealthy and expensive.

At least twice a month, one of the staff, residents or one of our volunteers, takes the lead in preparing a simple, well balanced meal that is shared by everyone in the shelter. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the food preparation all while discussing different ways to prepare any given type of food. Recipes are provided to the residents after the meal for future reference. It has become one of the most popular programs we offer.