Turning Point needs socks and mittens

NightReach helps people on the street throughout the year

Turning Point needs donations of new socks and mittens to help keep clients warm and dry this winter.

The Central Alberta agency, located in downtown Red Deer, promotes harm reduction for those engaging in high-risk behaviour related to drug use and sex work.

Its outreach team NightReach provide supplies and support to the street-involved community in Red Deer.

Staff also work with service providers in communities around Central Alberta.

Executive director Jennifer Vanderschaeghe said there is a need in rural area for harm reduction education and supplies, and support for sexual gender minorities.

“There isn’t the same access to supplies out there. We don’t have the staff time to be in these communities all the time so it’s much easier for a service provider out there to do it in collaboration with us,” Vanderschaeghe said.

She said service providers in rural areas are generalists who are tasked to assist people of all ages with all kinds of issues. Turning Point provides support to service providers and connections to those who need help in Central Alberta continues to grow.

Donations of socks and mitts can be dropped off at Turning Point, located at 4611 50th Ave.