support. education.
acceptance.

For over 30 years Turning Point Society (formerly the Central Alberta AIDS Network Society) has been responding to the health needs of communities using a harm reduction approach. Simply put harm reduction refers to policies, programs and practices that aim primarily to reduce the adverse health, social and economic consequences of risk taking behaviors such as drug use.

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what we do…

Embracing complex needs and offering confidential, individualized information and/or supplies for safer substance use, safer sex, and reproductive health is where our programs coalesce to meet people where they are at with acceptance, compassion, respect, collaboration and empowerment.

We also provide a variety of workshops and community information sessions. Please contact us if you are interested arranging or attending any of our upcoming workshops by calling the office at:

(403) 346-8858

a welcoming space…

Turning Point works to create a welcoming environment and the beginning of trusting relationships with potential service users by inviting people to drop by; offering space to relax and read the newspaper, enjoy a cup of coffee and receive messages and mail, to name a few. Some visitors to Turning Point access services, while others are aware of programs but do not identify as in need of support.

The Turning Point office has a non-judgmental, open, helpful atmosphere where community members know that our staff are open and flexible to provide extra support, such as filling out applications or problem-solving. Word of mouth is often the best advertising for Turning Point programs, especially for the Harm Reduction Programming. Turning Point assures privacy and confidentiality in all of our programs including people living with HIV who contact the Health Promotion Program for services.

our funders

Alberta Community Council on HIV logo
United Way Central Alberta logo
Government of Alberta logo
Alberta Health Services logo

The Canada Revenue Agency maintains a searchable list of Canadian charities called the List of Charities.

You can look Turning Point or another charity up here

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We’re still here, assisting people from our front porch area. We’re doing the best we can to ensure people have access to supplies, food, water, first aid, and much more. All while responding to overdoses, cleaning up debris in the community, maintaining drop boxes, and trying to stay healthy ourselves.
It’s been a time. Super appreciative of the donations coming in and the team we have who are working to ensure that even our most vulnerable community members are able to access the services and care that they need.
Did you know... we’re still distributing Naloxone? Training is available. While this pandemic progresses - there is still an overdose crisis taking place. Let’s keep each other safe. ❤️ #harmreduction #onthefrontlines #frontlineworkers #essentialservices #notforprofit #reddeerab #centralab
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Strange days- this has been a tough decision for us but effective today at 4 pm, our doors will no longer be open until further notice. We will be connecting with our folks outside and continuing to assist them with whatever they need including ( but not limited to) access to testing, referrals, harm reduction resources, snacks, and water. But it has become very apparent that our space can not accommodate the volume that we see on a daily without putting our clients and our staff at risk.
If anyone has any questions they are welcome to call our office at 403-346-8858. You can also connect with us on our various Facebook profiles and pages, on twitter, and our website. We truly hope that we will be able to resume our regular services as soon as possible and will continue to keep everyone updated as we learn more. Thank you for your ongoing support.

If anyone wants to donate - we are in need of prepackaged snacks ( no food that needs to be cooked or decides for sharing ) , bottled water, protein shakes, juice boxes... or if you have other suggestions please reach out❤️
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Look at all of these #helpinghands
ATTN: due to #covid19 we are asking all volunteers to stay home until further notice - this is to help protect the health of our volunteers, our clients, and our staff - many people who come through our doors have compromised immune system and we want to ensure we are doing everything in our power to prevent the spread of this virus.
We are taking donations of bottled water/juice/etc and pre packaged food such as granola bars, yogurt cups/tubes, fruit snacks, etc We ask that people refrain from donating food that needs to be heated or opened to share.
If you have questions regarding any of this please call Aisley at the office 403-346-8858
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