FrizzText’s photo challenge this week is “K”:
Yesterday was the Museum’s Community Service Day. Five of us served lunch to the residents at Turning Point Transitional Housingin Santa Monica.
Established in 1983, and part of the OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center),
Turning Point Transitional Housing is a 55-bed shelter for homeless men and women that offers housing and supportive services for up to nine months. The project seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and to integrate homeless individuals back into the community by providing comprehensive, individualized services designed to address their physical and emotional needs.
In addition to an individual sleeping area, three meals a day and clothing, Turning Point provides intensive case management, counseling and support groups, specialized programs such as job counseling, money management, health education, computer classes and independent living skills.
Viveca who works in the front office gave us a tour of the building.
- Residents have to get up at 5:30 am on weekdays, and eat breakfast at 6:45 am. They can stay in the shelter all day but are only allowed in their rooms from 7 pm – 6 am.
- They have workshops every morning. On Mondays its on health, another day on money management (all residents have to save 60% of their income while staying in the shelter).
We served lasagna – both meat and vegetarian – with salad and garlic bread for lunch.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the money you throw into public ponds and fountains? Our Museum donates all the money thrown into the pools in our gardens to OPCC.
Michael Pegues said “We encourage all community members to come in and meet us.”
For more information on the many projects under the OPCC umbrella click here