Programs and Services

Programs and Services Provided Onsite

Provided by Turning Points

Day Resource Center

The Day Resource Center provides a variety of services to registered clients to assist them  with improving their living situation, helping them move them along a path of stability toward independence. Services range from access to a continental breakfast,  hot showers, and free clothing to obtaining legal documents and public  assistance. The Day Resource Center serves approximately 160 new clients (adults 18 yrs and older) a month. In 2020 this program had 3,061 total clients who utilized 159,684 services! Obviously, with only two and a half paid staff positions in the Day Resource Center, volunteers are critical to the provision of all these services! It takes 15 volunteers daily to operate the basic services provided to men and women in need.

If you would like to know more about this program to assist you in supporting this program, whether financially or as a volunteer, please email us at Program specific financial reports, detailed service statistics service trends, and tours, are available upon request.

Transitional Development Program

The Transitional Development Program provides assistance to low-income individuals and families who are at risk of losing their homes or who are prepared to make the transition from homelessness to sustainable housing. Both case management (financial budgeting and counseling) and financial assistance is provided after clients meet criteria specific to funding sources available at the time of need.

Financial assistance is available for most short-term housing related costs, including past due rent,  past due utilities, initial month of a rental lease, and security deposits required to obtain a lease. Long-term housing costs are not provided. Most funding sources provided to Turning Points require proof of income that is sustainable, most likely a job, before providing assistance.

During the twelve months ending June 30, 2020, Turning Points provided nearly $1,044,245 in financial assistance to qualifying clients in addition to case management services. As a result of the TDP program’s efforts, approximately 656 adults with 557 children were able to attain stable housing in the past fiscal year (2019-2020).If you would like to know more about the Transitional Development Program to assist you in supporting this program, whether financially or as a volunteer, please email us at Program specific financial reports, detailed service statistics and trends,  and references are available upon request.  We welcome individuals and groups coming to Turning Points for a tour to learn first hand about our services.


Veterans Services

Providing outreach and direct services to the men and women who have served our country is an honor and a privilege. Our veterans services program, the Yellow Ribbon Program, connect people from all branches of the military to services they need to transition into civilian life. We have paid staff as well as loyal volunteers working to assist them with the basic services such as food, clothing, and housing and we provide additional wraparound services including help with childcare, transportation and storage. Each veteran is assessed based on their vulnerability and provided with the support they need to make strides in their personal plans/goals. In the past year, more than 978 veterans met with our Yellow Ribbon staff and received information, referral and assistance. Of these, more than 143 individuals /families received financial assistance related to preventing or ending homelessness.

Medical and Dental Clinic

The free Medical and Dental Clinic opened its doors in August 2009. The clinic has already provided services and supplies valued at over $22,000,000. This program experiences very high demand for medical and dental services due to the limited availability of low to no-cost services for men, women and children already homeless or at risk of being homeless in the Manatee County area.

Medical services are provided by full-time staff, volunteers, a partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), and through a partnership with USF Nurse Practitioner school. With appropriate funding, we are hoping to expand our facilities to serve the growing demand for this service. Dental services are provided by qualified practitioners, both paid and volunteer, on a daily basis. Individuals must meet eligibility requirements in order to receive dental services, and our experience has shown many of our clients are getting oral health care for the first time. If you would like to know more about the Medical and Dental Program to assist you in supporting this program, whether financially or as a volunteer, please email us at Program specific financial reports and detailed service statistics are available on request.

Our Daily Bread of Bradenton (Partner)

Through the generosity of our long-time partner, Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, a hot lunch is served 364 days per year to anyone in need onsite at our Center. There are no requirements to receive a meal other than to abide by general rules of conduct while at the Center. In addition to daily meals, Our Daily Bread partners with Turning Points to operate a food pantry twice a week , providing ready to cook and eat meals for clients to take with them.

If you would like to know more about Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, please visit their website at Our Daily Bread of Bradenton is a separate legal entity from Turning Points and has their own resources for funding, volunteers, and supplies.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Turning Points will provide free services to clients according to program guidelines and within its financial limitations, regardless of race, age, disability, religion, culture, social class, national origin, gender, veteran status, gender identification, sexual orientation or any other consideration made unlawful by applicable law. Turning Points recognizes the dignity and equal worth of every person.


In accordance with federal law and U.S Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national, origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USA Director, Office of Civil Right, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 866-632-9992 or 202-401-0216 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity and employer.

Our Mission

To Provide, Coordinate, and Facilitate services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County, Florida.

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his place is great for people who need help or are going through rough times, they can help with food stamps, clothing, showers, food (to take home for those who have a home, or a meal Mon-Fri), they have computers available to use, they also have housing assistance for those who qualify. There is also a lot more that they do, this place helped me so much when I had nowhere to go.
Justin Balser
Went to the One Stop Center and Turning Points today for a tour of the facility - was excellent and informative - if interested, make an appointment - takes about an hour and well worth the time to see all that is going on there - there were clients in all areas - the place was a beehive of activity - a wonderful facility for our community and one of the top in the country - highly recommend checking it out.
Sue Wait
Turning points is so awesome. Without them I would not have a wonderful home for my family and I.
Tammi Wallin
I volunteered at the Stand Down held in Palmetto on Nov. 1st. I was so impressed with the services available for the all those in need. There was a separate building just for veterans. I was in that building and saw how they helped the men and women with any paperwork. They serviced breakfast to all and had a bounce house for children. I give this organization an A+.
Sally Helmbrecht

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