For many of us, domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness are not issues that we are forced to deal with. Not only that, but they aren’t issues that we are held captive in. Most of us live in a world where we cannot fathom a scenerio in which things like that could exist in our lives. But the truth is, they can. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease control, one in four women in the U.S. reported violence by a boyfriend or spouse at some point in their lives.
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, in 2007, there were 248,300 rapes and or sexual assaults reported in the U.S. And those were only the ones actually reported. It is uncertain how many rapes or sexual assaults go unreported each year, but the fact remains, many people choose not to report out of embarassment or they were assaulted by a spouse, friend, aquaintance, boyfriend or girlfriend and fear the repercussions of reporting.
Homelessness is not something people prepare for, but with the recent economic meltdown, Detroit’s homeless population, as of January 2009, is estimated to be somewhere around 18,000 people.
These are people in crisis and sure, there are shelters to turn to, but one, in particular is focused on not only giving people a place to sleep for a few nights and a warm meal. The Turning Point, Inc. organization is focused on helping people find a way out. Whether it be from escaping an abusive relationship, help with dealing with a sexual assault, or giving the growing homeless population a second chance at life with a roof over their head.
According to it’s website: “Turning Point’s mission is to provide programs and resources that enable victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness to regain control of their lives.”
This organization doesn’t only provide shelter from the storm, but it also helps people move on with their lives and live them free from the pain of their past. They provide a 24 hour crisis hotline, a forensic nurse examiner, emergency shelter and even victim compensation. Those are only a few of the programs the organization provides.
Turning Point, Inc. is associated with a second hand clothing store called Second Hand Rose and is run entirely by volunteers to provide free clothes and goods to survivors as well as affordable merchandise to the community. Proceeds from the store are donated to Turning Point, Inc. The store is located at 158 South Main Street, Mt. Clemens, MI 48043. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Donation hours hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. You may also donate money through Turning Point’s website here. All donations are tax deductable in accordance with IRS regulations and reciepts are provided.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a domestic violence situation, sexual assault or homelessness, or for more information, please visit the Turning Point, Inc. website. www.turningpointmacomb.org, you can call them directly at (586) 468-3083 or call their 24 hour crisis hotline at (586) 463-6990.
Remember, you are not alone and there is a chance to turn it all around.