Safer, Healthier

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 are where our programs coalesce to meet people where they are at with acceptance, compassion, respect, collaboration, and empowerment.

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.

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Large or small, your item donations save lives.

2020 has been especially hard on our community and we want to make sure we’re able to provide critical supports while working from a distance. Winter is fast approaching and with that comes a greater need for winter clothing and additional goods. Check out our current donations list in our bio and consider donating.

Words can’t express our gratitude but we’ll try our best. We’re filled with so much love for our friends at @urbanspiritsrd for supporting us with this generous $10,000 grant towards our Giving Back program. This funding not only helps to keep the program running but provides vulnerable individuals in our community a chance to earn money in a safe and supportive environment. On behalf of everyone involved, thank you. ...

Each experience is unique, delicate, and valid.

Our women’s program provides holistic supports to pregnant and childbearing aged women left in vulnerable circumstances.

The program focuses on meeting women and their families where they are at, reduced barriers to health and social services through referrals, system navigation, and appointment accompaniment.