Turning Point Mission
Turning Point provides emergency shelter and supportive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Warren County Council Against Domestic Violence, Inc., a.k.a. Turning Point was founded to provide shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Recently adding sexual assault victims, Turning Point believes in the right of all people to live free from violence. Turning Point seeks to reduce the incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault and the devastating effect it has on the lives of the victim and her children. Turning Point strives to provide a safe haven and services for victims and educate the general public.
In mid-1993, survivors of domestic violence, local clergy and citizens were approached by law enforcement agencies in an effort to develop a direct service program for victims of domestic violence in Warren and adjoining counties of Lincoln, Franklin, Montgomery and Gasconade.
In February 1994, Warren County Council Against Domestic Violence, Inc., a.k.a. Turning Point, was incorporated as a Missouri non-profit agency. Turning Point's mission is to provide shelter services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
We opened the first shelter in May of that same year. Since that time, Turning Point has steadily grown in the number of victims served and services provided. What began as a donated apartment culminated into the purchase of a twenty-five bed shelter in 1998, with the help of a United States Department of Agriculture Loan.
Turning Point now shelters 75 women and 100 children annually, providing them with over 280 bednights. Services are not limited to residents of the shelter , or women. Ninety-nine additional families were assisted with legal issues, case management and referrals in 2007. Part of the shelter staff's salary is paid by a Department of Public Safety Grant. Turning Point has four full time and five part time employees. An on-site Licensed Counselor's services were added 1999.
The annex building, funded by a Community Development Block Grant was completed in 2002. It enables Turning Point to provide a location for victims to meet with attorneys, counselors, clergy, law enforcement and Family Services. The confidentiality of the victim is much easier to maintain.
An 800 number is maintained 24 hours a day/7 days a week for victim's convenience and safety. This number does not appear on their telephone bill.
Program Director - Office of Government Programs
Carrie Gates, Pastor
United Methodist Church, Retired
Executive Secretary, Ameren, Retired
Lauren Hopkins, JD
Hopkins and Hopkins
Amanda Kelley, Secretary
Clinical Lab Manager, Dermatophathology
Washington University School of Medicine
Donna Wargin, Treasurer
Business Systems Analyst
Ellen Reed, Executive Director: email@example.com
Jamie - Shelter Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie - Office Manager: email@example.com
Beri - Economic Empowerment Program Advocate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jolynn - Advocacy Manager: email@example.com
Anna - Sexual Assault Advocate: firstname.lastname@example.org