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Turning Point Announces 10th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive and New Back-to-School Supply Depot

Turning Point is now accepting donations to its 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive for Steuben County students grades Pre-K through 12th. A new format this year – a School Supply Depot DSCN2930– means no sign ups are necessary to receive school supplies. In addition, Steuben County Rural Ministry will be distributing new socks and underwear for K to 12th grade students.

Turning Point typically distributes at least 500 backpacks filled with school supplies each year and is asking for the community’s help in meeting this need. Needed items include: backpacks, binders (1.5” and 3”), calculators, colored pencils, composition notebooks, crayons, ear buds, erasers, 2-pocket folders, glue sticks, highlighters, index cards, loose leaf paper, markers, mechanical pencils, one- and five-subject notebooks, pencil boxes, pencils, plastic baggies (gallon and sandwich size), scissors, and tissues.

Turning Point is accepting school supplies and monetary donations by Monday, August 14, 2017 at either the Bath or Hornell Turning Point locations: 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY or 20 Elm Street, Suite 2, Hornell, NY. Monetary donations may also be mailed to Turning Point Administrative Offices, 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY 14810.

The community may also drop off school supplies donations at the following community partner locations. For Turning Point Bath: Bath VA, Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, Dollar General, Family Dollar, First Presbyterian Church in Bath, Five Star Bank, Mount Washington Church/Ferguson Ministries in Hammondsport, St. Mary’s Church, St. Thomas Church in Bath, and Wallace Wesleyan Church. For Turning Point Hornell: Hornell Area Family YMCA or St. Ann’s Church.

This year, school supplies will be distributed in a new format – a School Supply Depot hosted at the Turning Point Bath and Hornell locations. Parents must bring their proof of address and school supply list on either Thursday, August 24, 2017; Friday, August 25, 2017; or Saturday, August 26, 2017 to the Turning Point location corresponding to the school district in which they reside.
Residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona or Wayland school districts can pick up school supplies from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Turning Point Bath, 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY.

Residents of Arkport, Hornell, Canisteo, Greenwood, Cohocton, and Wayland school districts can pick up school supplies from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Turning Point Hornell, 20 Elm Street, Suite 2, Hornell, NY.

Parents of students attending grades Pre-K through 12th in other Steuben County school districts needing backpacks and school supplies are referred to Turning Point’s partner agency, Salvation Army.

In addition, Steuben County Rural Ministry will be distributing new socks and underwear for K to 12th grade students. Parents are asked to bring names, grade levels, and sizes for all children receiving items. Distribution Days are 9 a.m. to Noon every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from August 21, 2017 through September 6, 2017 at Steuben County Rural Ministry, 34 West Main Street, Canisteo, NY.

For more information about the Back to School Supply Drive, please contact:
• Turning Point Bath: Basic Needs Counselor Michelle Seeley at 607-776-4575 x2206
• Turning Point Hornell: Site Coordinator Bill Herrick at 607-324-3457
• Steuben County Rural Ministry: Turning Point Program Coordinator Sister Susan Cain or Turning Point Rural Coordinator Melissa Bedient at 607-698-4725.

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Turning Point Now Offers Unlimited Bus Tokens to Connect People on Medicaid with Medical Appointments

Turning Point has partnered with Medical Answering Services (MAS), a New York State Medicaid-funded program based out of Syracuse, to provide bus tokens to connect people on Medicaid with medical appointments. This partnership was made possible through the efforts of the Institute for Human Services (IHS).

Turning Point is still able to provide a limited amount of bus tokens per person per month for medical appointments—a service made possible through IHS funding—regardless of whether a person has Medicaid. However, with this new partnership, there is no limit to the number of bus tokens Turning Point can provide to connect people on Medicaid with medical appointments. Turning Point is the only agency in Steuben County to offer this service to the public.

People on Medicaid are able to call MAS to request bus tokens for medical appointments. The tokens are sent via mail, taking time that a person may not have the luxury to wait. Medicaid recipients can still choose this route, but with this new partnership, people on Medicaid don’t have to wait for their bus tokens to arrive in the mail. Instead, Medicaid recipients can go directly to any one of four Turning Point locations across Steuben County for bus tokens to connect with medical appointments.

Turning Point Director Lynda Lowin said, “Turning Point has been assisting people with transportation needs as part of our services for 20 years.  Primarily we offer bus tokens at no cost for social and human service assistance, for employment interviews or initial job training until a first paycheck arrives, and also for medical appointments.  Turning Point distributed over 600 bus tokens in  June 2017, and nearly 50% of them were used to transport 98 people to various medical appointments.

“Starting in July, with our new status as a Medicaid Transportation Site, we can give Medicaid members direct, unlimited bus token assistance to those appointments.  Turning Point staff offer a personal connection to a system that is statewide, and not easy to navigate using a centralized phone service.  With the support of staff, we can engage with Medicaid members in our office,  provide the tokens and public transportation education and advocacy needed to overcome transportation barriers.  This service is an important part of Community Navigation services that Turning Point provides as part of recent Medicaid redesign.”

Turning Point locations include:  Turning Point Bath, 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY; Turning Point Corning, 1 Park Lane, Corning, NY (co-located with the Corning Senior Center); Turning Point Hornell, 20 Elm Street, Suite 2, Hornell, NY; or Steuben County Rural Ministry, 34 West Main Street, Canisteo, NY.

If a person cannot get to a medical appointment by bus, Medicaid recipients can still call MAS for alternate modes of transportation. In Steuben County, the MAS number to call is 1-855-733-9401.

Turning Point also provides bus tokens to connect people to their place of work, other food pantries, the Department of Social Services, human service agency appointments, and the Bath VA.  Bus tokens are made available to Turning Point to distribute through the generosity of IHS.

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Bath Community Child Day Care Center Announces 2017 Summer Program

March 2014 185The program offers:

  • breakfast, lunch, and a snack
  • structured activities with a daily schedule
  • field trips; special guests
  • math and reading enrichment
  • friendly, caring, and fun staff
  • plenty of fun in the fresh air!

During the Summer Odyssey, children will experience 10 theme weeks, including:

  • Spirit Week
  • Aargghh Mateys!
  • Space Station Vacation
  • Super Heroes20140417_100734
  • Water World, and more!

Each week children may also choose a weekly club in which to participate, including:

  • Gardening Club
  • Science Club
  • Arts & Crafts Club
  • Games Club

Summer openings are currently available, but space is limited. Call (607) 776-7387 to register your child today!

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