Turning Point moves to new location on Viking Drive

May 3, 2022

Turning Point has a new home at 3 Viking Dr., next to the Wareham Middle School track.

The organization, which is the resource arm of the Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless, focuses on supporting those in need through help with rent and utility bills, advocacy, and connections to other resources. 

“We’re there to help those who are willing to help themselves,” said Committee Chair Chuck McCullough, a Mattapoisett resident. “These are folks that have for whatever reason fallen on hard times and we try to help them stabilize their life. If we can keep them housed, we’re happy.”

McCullough said that the group’s new location is accessible by bus, and its proximity to Town Hall and the schools is another asset. 

“We’re looking to reintroduce the work that we do to the communities that we cover: Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Middleboro, Carver, Wareham and Buzzards Bay,” McCullough said. “We have a wide reach, and some of the communities may not be fully aware of what we do.”

The new location — open from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday — is part of that work. McCullough said that the group is also working to revamp its web presence. 

“Our focus is on those neighbors who are facing impending homelessness — Folks that may not be able to pay a utility bill, for example,” McCullough said. “Folks that are homeless that have opportunities for housing — we may step in to pay for the first month, security and last months’ payment.”

Beyond financial assistance, Turning Point can help people negotiate payment plans for utility bills. 

The Baby Point program will also operate in the new location. Baby Point provides parents in need with essential supplies like diapers, wipes and clothing for babies and young children.

McCullough said that the group has connections to various other organizations and companies to help those in need. Another of the group’s current priorities is making sure they have good information about the many nonprofits in the area.

“There are so many organizations, so many people doing good things, particularly in the Wareham area, that we don’t have to be the answer to every problem,” McCullough said.

McCullough said that the group most needs volunteers during the holiday season. Last year, Turning Point worked with 250 families to provide holiday cheer to a total of about 500 children. 

McCullough said the group is looking for volunteers to help out with office work. Those volunteers work directly with clients, assisting with intake paperwork and background checks. McCullough said those volunteers are asked to commit to helping out one day each week, and Turning Point will provide the necessary training. 

For more information, go to www.turningpointwareham.org or call 508-291-0535.