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Turning Point Helps Hundreds of Steuben County Students Start a Successful 2017-18 School Year

Hornell BTS Supply Depot

Hornell-area children choose backpacks during Turning Point Hornell’s Back-to-School Supply Depot on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Turning Point Hornell, 20 Elm Street, Suite 2, Hornell, NY.

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.

Bath BTS Supply Depot

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) helps distribute backpacks during Turning Point’s Back-to-School Supply Deport on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Turning Point Bath, located at 23 Liberty Street, Bath, NY.

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.

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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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