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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“Try and remember to have a little humanity in your interactions with people who are homeless. There’s a lot of negativity we’re running into and a lot of the time it's blatant rudeness. I think a lot of it’s the misinformation being passed around through Facebook and groups like that. People are being fed lies and believing it to be the truth.”

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Growth can happen in several different ways, it just takes patience, care, and time.

Our Women's Program uses a harm reduction approach, focusing on meeting women and their families where they are at today and helping reduce barriers to health and social services. Whatever her need might be, we’re here to help.

“The support is there and a lot of people don’t know about it. As long as they find somebody that they click with within the organization, it’s a lot easier for them to get the help they need and when they want it. And it can't be forced upon them. It all just starts with friendship and goes from there.”

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“We’re not all bad apples out here. Some of us work and don’t go breaking the law just to get a fix. I don’t like a lot of what I see some people doing, because it’s wrong. But that’s not my life. We all have our crutches and our downfalls. We all have our reasons and stories for why we’re out here.”

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