Turning Point, Inc. receives grant to support its emergency shelter for domestic abuse

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Turning Point, Inc. was recently notified that it is being awarded a $7,000 McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund grant to support its emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence.

According to a news release, this funding support was made possible through fundraising efforts by The Community Foundation for McHenry County, United Way of Greater McHenry County and the state of Illinois.

“Funding for our programs is more essential now than ever, given that many McHenry County residents are being asked to stay at home in already dangerous environments,” Jane Farmer, executive director at Turning Point, said in a statement. “We are thankful this fund exists, and for all those in our community who are placing such high importance on our life-saving services.”

Turning Point, Inc. has been a resource for domestic violence victims and their families since 1981.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, violence by an intimate partner affects 20 people every minutes. This is more than 10 million victims annually in the United States.

In 2019, Turning Point, Inc. served 1,700 clients throughout all of its programs. Turning Point Inc.’s programs include crisis intervention, secure emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, specialized children’s programming and a 24-hour domestic violence crisis hotline.

The agency also provides mental health therapy and an educational program for perpetrators of domestic violence on sliding fee scales. Services are offered in English and Spanish.

During the pandemic, services are still available, but some have been reduced or modified to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

“As the pandemic has compromised the collective health of our entire nation and the world, it’s led to further concerns for those in especially vulnerable situations,” Mike Neumann, development manager at Turning Point, said in a statement.

The organization has had to cancel fundraising events through April, and additional events have been compromised because of the coronavirus.

“We are grateful for alternate sources of funding such as McHenry County Community COVID-19 Response Fund,” Neumann said.

Donations to Turning Point can be made at by mailing directly to Turning Point, Attn: COVID-19 Response, P.O Box 723, Woodstock, IL 60098. For more information about agency services, those interested can call 815-338-8081.

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