Our Mission and History
In the meantime, preventing homelessness by maintaining individuals and families in their housing is our primary goal. Preventing homelessness reduces the stress on families that accompanies the process of eviction, it is far more cost effective, and it eliminates the need for changing schools, for finding a new landlord willing to accept a client with an eviction record, and for developing new strategies to cope with transportation changes. The great appeal of the integrated approach to service delivery practiced at the Bill Galvano One Stop Center is people have their physical, emotional and spiritual needs addressed by a caring team of paid staff and volunteers who work closely together. Clients can talk with staff and volunteers face to face, not just by phone, and in my experience I have witnessed that the personal contact motivates and inspires them to move forward.
To Provide, Coordinate, and Facilitate Services to Prevent and to Reduce Homelessness in Manatee County, Florida.Learn More
Racial Injustice Statement
Turning Points recognizes we have an essential role to play in actively working to address injustice in any form in our community. We pledge to address structural racism, especially as it relates to housing, which has a long history of racist policies.
We will listen to the black community, stand with them, and support them as a step toward healing and long overdue justice.
A step that benefits us all.
Federally recognized as a best practice in the fight to end homelessness, one stop centers are utilized by organizations throughout the United States. To ensure optimum success for our project, we enlisted the support of agencies when the project was proposed in 2005, and have been working closely with them since that time for the concept, construction and planning and implementation phases of the project. There are more than a dozen agencies that are providing services at Turning Points now, and most have staff at the Center on a part time basis. Services provided include: a daily meal and food pantry, housing and utility assistance programs,life skills training, access to mainstream services such as food stamps, social security, and disability, help with obtaining legal identification, mail service, services for homeless children and youth, free medical and dental education and services, veteran’s services, help with legal issues, DUI counseling, employment services, mental health and substance abuse services, and small business / entrepreneurial development opportunities and assistance. Turning Points also serves a leadership role, coordinating efforts to centralize services so duplication is reduced and effective, efficient service delivery is the standard.