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The Year in Review

If you see any of the same stuff as I do on social media, I’m sure you’ve come across posts lamenting 2016 as a terrible year.  To be sure, it was a year filled with tragedies and atrocities.  Fires, shootings, debates (and yes, even scary clowns) filled our collective consciousness and devastated families and communities.

What being at Turning Point will remind you daily, however, is the very real ability of people to triumph over tragedy.  In our little area of Pennsylvania alone, over 2,700 people reached out to us last year for help.  We met, on average, seven new people with unique situations every day.  You know these people, because they come from every community in the Lehigh Valley, every income group, every ethnicity, every religion. Women, men, children – all seeking a way to live free of violence.

We hear from people who are often at their lowest moments.  But we also have the honor of standing next to people as they face their fears.  We get to share a meal with someone in a relaxed environment after a night of peaceful rest.  We get the call from someone who can’t wait to tell us about significant life accomplishments that hadn’t seemed possible only a short while earlier.  We continue this work because we know that helping empower people to control their own lives is a gift to us all.

We invite you this holiday to join us in celebrating the many positives that have occurred this year.  Hundreds of people will remember 2016 as a wonderful year full of new starts because of the help Turning Point’s volunteers, donors, and staff have been able to offer.  Thank you for your part in that!

In peace,

Lori Sywensky

Let’s All Rise & Make Some Noise!

One of my favorite stories about the birth of the victims’ rights movement is how Anne Pride, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape in 1980, refused to produce a client’s counseling records during a rape trial.  There were no statutes protecting this information, but advocates assured everyone that they would do anything necessary to… Continue Reading

A message from our Executive Director

In 1995, some of you reading this may not have yet been born.  A gallon of gas cost just over $1; a stamp cost only $.32.  EBay and the DVD were brand new, and your cell phone (if you were lucky enough to have one) likely came in a large bag and charged you a… Continue Reading

Welcome to Turning Point. We are here for you.

We welcome you to our new website and hope you will find helpful information here and that you will share this resource with others who may need Turning Point’s assistance through our helpline, programs and services. With this site, we’re launching our new blog, “Allies for Hope.”  Here, each month, we’ll offer information and statistics,… Continue Reading

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