Turning Point, McHenry County’s only comprehensive domestic violence agency, will host an open house June 18
The event will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at 11019 Route 14, in Woodstock. The open house will celebrate the completion of a new 1,600-square-foot building and renovations throughout the main building that will allow the agency to better serve clients. The project was made possible with a grant from the Sage Legacy Fund. The auxiliary building, which was built adjacent to Turning Point’s main facility, provides space for the agency’s Partner Abuse Intervention Program, as well as larger meeting space for meetings and trainings. The increased space allowed Turning Point to dedicate its main facility solely to victims’ services and fundraising.
“Having space specifically dedicated to victims’ services is the ideal situation,” Associate Director Jane Zamudio said. “The construction of the auxiliary building has already had a positive impact on how we carry out all of our programs and services, and we are extraordinarily grateful the Sage Legacy Fund committee understood the need and committed to helping us make this leap forward.”
The new building includes four Partner Abuse Intervention Program facilitator offices, two bathrooms, a kitchenette and two group rooms with a retractable wall for larger meetings. At the main facility, the former intervention program space is now used by fundraising staff and includes a workspace for volunteers. The basement is dedicated to children’s programming space, and the entire main floor of the building is used solely for victims’ services and mental health therapy for former victims of domestic violence.
The Partner Abuse Intervention Program provides education to adults who are abusive or are at risk of abusing their partners or family members. The program centers on a 26-week curriculum focused on perpetrator accountability and healthier responses to anger. Like all Turning Point programs, it is offered in both English and Spanish.
Since 1981, Turning Point has had a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County. Last year, the agency served 1,707 clients throughout all of its programs. In addition to PAIP, the agency offers secure emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, specialized children’s programs and mental health therapy. The agency operates a domestic violence crisis hotline, 815-338-8081, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by trained domestic violence advocates.
For information about the agency, visit turnpt.org.