As support for the program grew and residents saw a need for affordable housing and life skills training, a new program developed. With the help of a special county resident, a home was donated for Turning Point's use. Cassie’s Place, the transitional housing program, helps battered women make the transition from living in the emergency shelter to independent living. The women involved in this program are taught budgeting and parenting skills. This helps to reduce the chance of them returning to an abusive relationship, because of economic hardship or emotional dependency. The program has received local support as well as support from the philanthropic community. The Foundation for the Carolinas saw the need to provide transitional housing and awarded Turning Point a $5,000 grant to defray operational costs incurred through services offered at Cassie’s Place.
In 1995, Turning Point received one of its biggest blessings when United Way forgave the $33,000 balance on the interest-free loan.
In April of 1996, Turning Point received a $15,000 appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly, thanks to the hard work of Senators Aaron Plyler and Richard Conder. Turning Point has grown into a comprehensive agency that is having an impact on domestic violence in Union County.
In 1998, Turning Point received a $25,000 grant from the Sisters of Mercy to begin a Children’s Program, The HERO Program. Turning Point contracted with UNCC Urban Institute to do a feasibility study. This study determined Turning Point needed a 40-bed facility.
On December 1, 1999 a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the new Turning Point facility. In 2001, Turning Point completed an 11,000 square foot new facility with 42 beds. The Sisters of Mercy again funded The Hero Program. An Early Childhood Counselor was added with funds from the United Way Focus Grant and the Smart Start Grant. The Children’s Program worked with 655 child observers of domestic violence in 1999.
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