Turningpoint began as a crisis line and an all volunteer “safe house” program. In 1989, after nearly a decade of renting shelter facilities, Turningpoint conducted a successful capital campaign to build its own facility.
With the support of the community, Turningpoint built its first 14-bed shelter, which remains the only domestic and sexual violence crisis shelter in all of Pierce and St. Croix Counties of Wisconsin.
Turningpoint also operates Second Chances Thrift Store in downtown River Falls. Victims and survivors of violence who are starting new lives receive vouchers to obtain clothing, furniture, and household goods from Second Chances. Second Chances Thrift Store is also open to the public and is almost entirely operated by volunteers. Earned revenue from Second Chances Thrift Store comprises approximately 20% of Turningpoint's annual operating budget.
In 2016, with the generous support of the community, Turningpoint completed another capital campaign to expand its crisis shelter from 14 to 21 beds, with the potential for future expansion of up to 25 beds.
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