The Special Collection for December 15 will be for Turning Points. MUUF has chosen Turning Points for our December special collection.
Their mission is three-fold: to facilitate, coordinate and provide services at no charge in almost all cases to prevent homelessness in Manatee County.
They are undertaking this huge endeavor in a multitude of ways. Day resources include hot showers, laundry services, clothing, food, employment services, rental and utility assistance, a menu of veterans’ services and free medical and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured. The clinic tests for cholesterol, diabetes, and Hepatitis C. If a person tests positive for the latter, they receive treatment which is proved to be 96 percent effective.
Add to this list the lease (for $5/year) of a bicycle (with a lock), a barbershop, computer room, and very important mail services including acquiring an ID card.
Pulling this together for those in need of individual counseling are four caseworkers for the general public and two caseworkers for veterans. Many times these caseworkers help those recently released from jail or prison to get a fresh start.
Some annual statistics:
Services provided: 260,000
No. of volunteer hours: 52,000 (worth approximately $2 million)
Medical/Dental visits: 6500
Homeless children served: 2000
Clients served: 10,800
Households with Care Workers: 1800