I support the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County: with my time, as a board member, and with my money, as a regular donor.
My reasons may align with your reasons– or not. But I’ll bet the decision to donate – and how much – is something you take seriously. After all, we want our donation to matter. We want our financial gifts to count. The numbers I want to share with you here show how important our support is, no matter the amount.
As a small nonprofit, the TPCCC relies on donations large and small to continue the vital work of supporting people on their recovery journeys. These people need real connections in order to succeed. They need tools – not judgment. They find that here at the Turning Point Center. And the peer support they find here quite simply works. How do we know? Here come the numbers. More than seven out of ten people who receive recovery coaching through the TPCCC report that they are doing significantly better after just 60 days. Now that’s a return on investment.
And the need is great. The most recent numbers from the VT Dept. of Health show a 33% increase over the previous year in the number of fatal overdoses related to opioids.
The people that make it to the hospital and survive are offered peer support through the TPCCC ED program. And more than eight in ten of those people receiving recovery coaching in the emergency department requested follow up help. It’s a lifeline. And for these people, it may be the only one.
I have zero reservations about backing the Turning Point Center. That door swung open 3,500 times in 2021 alone. Each one of those visits represents someone in need of help. And the ROI of my donations is clear to me. Addiction affects us all. And my community–including people from across Chittenden County–is stronger and more resilient because of the work of the Turning Point Center. I’d go so far as to say I’m proud that I donate each year.
There are aspects to being a donor that are not represented by mere numbers. There is the immeasurable satisfaction of knowing you’ve done the right thing. That you’ve done something selfless. That you’ve helped build a better community for our kids. If you recognize the public health crisis of addiction and do what you can to turn the tide… well, you may even sleep a little bit better at night. Now there’s an ROI!
PS – you can make a donation now here.