As school districts kicked off the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, hundreds of Steuben County students were equipped for success with new backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, sneakers and clothes through community partnerships with and donations to Turning Point’s 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. Turning Point remains a source of school supplies throughout the school year through school district referrals.
Turning Point coordinated the drive that equipped more than 235 students in Bath-area school districts and more than 200 students in Hornell-area school districts with backpacks and school supplies. In addition to school supplies, Turning Point also provided vouchers for donated haircuts and participated in the Olympia Sports Clothing Bank program to provide sneakers, tee shirts, shorts, and socks.
In the spirit of cooperation and non-duplication of efforts practiced by service providers across Steuben County, Turning Point partnered with the Salvation Army in Corning, making referrals to their school supply drive and distribution efforts in the Corning area, as well as providing vouchers for donated children’s haircuts and applications for the Olympia Sports Clothing Bank program.
Rather than school supplies, Steuben County Rural Ministry, offering Turning Point programs in Canisteo, provided new socks and underwear to 92 children in 33 households.
Volunteers are essential to the success of Turning Point programs. Turning Point would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with the 2017 Back-to-School Supply Distribution. Of note was Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), a regular volunteer at Turning Point Bath’s Back-to-School Supply Distribution.
Donations are vital to the sustainability of Turning Point programs. Turning Point would like to thank the many businesses and churches who donated to the 2017 Back-to-School Supply Drive. In the Bath area, these included: Bath Baptist Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, Centers Health Care, Cortney Covell, Downtowne Hair Salon, Ferguson Ministries, Hairstyles by Alisha, Joseph Seeley Custom Guns & Engraving, First Presbyterian Church, Five-Star Bank, Mt. Washington Church, ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Inc., St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Parish, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Wallace Wesleyan Church, and Walmart. In the Canisteo area, these included: Canisteo Area Wesleyan Church, Canisteo First United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, and First Presbyterian Church. In the Corning area, these included Styles By Christy and Serendipity Hair Studio. In the Hornell area, these included: Arkport Presbyterian Church, Arkport United Methodist Church, Bee Bop Hair Salon, Christ Episcopal Church, Cohocton Assembly of God, Cohocton Methodist Church, Cutting Dynamics, Daughters of the King Christ Episcopal Church, Hornell Elks Club, Hornell Kiwanis Club, Hornellsville Lodge #44 F & AM, K&A Hair Studio, Loyal Order of Moose #210, Salon96, and Simmons Rockwell.
Turning Point, a service priority for Catholic Charities of Steuben, works to stabilize families in economic crisis and equip them with tools for long-term success. For more information about, or to get involved in next year’s Back to School Supply Drive or other Turning Point programs in your area, please call Turning Point at (607) 776-4575 in the Bath area, (607) 698-4725 in the Canisteo area, (607) 962-0704 in the Corning area, or (607) 324-3457 in the Hornell area.