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McHenry County Turning Point

2013 Human Race- register TODAY!


Here we go again! Join the Human Race 2013.  You can get more information and sign up HERE.

The Human Race is a 5k run/walk that was created to

support volunteerism and offer funding to charities

serving  McHenry County.

How it works? When walkers and runners register for the race they designate what organization will receive the proceeds of their race registration and any fundraising they  do. A small percentage of all race registration and fundraising is kept by Not-For-Profit Resources to cover race expenses and promote volunteerism in McHenry County. 

Join a team with your co-workers, friends, favorite charity, or participate on your own.

This cooperative event is open to all charities serving McHenry County. Not-For-Profit Resources provides and manages all  aspects of the event, allowing small to mid-sized organizations to easily and successfully raise funds. You can also make a donation to Turning Point here.

And we’ve got runners already! Thanks to our Team Turning Point Runners:

Jeff    Farmer
Jamie     Farmer
Ashley     Farmer

December 17 2012 | Events and Fundraising and Volunteers | No Comments »

Connecting to Turning Point


Turning Point Blog and website (Click the “Donate Now” button to make a donation).

Facebook Page: Become a fan!

Facebook Cause: Join the cause and feature it on your Facebook profile. You can also make a donation here.

Turning Point (815) 338 8081. 24 hour crisis line 0-000-000-0000.

For a  very brief presentation about the changes Turning Point advocates can bring to the lives of their clients, please click here.


August 26 2009 | Events and Fundraising | No Comments »

Wine tasting to benefit Turning Point’s work

A nice shout out in today’s Northwest Herald:

McHENRY – Turning Point will be the beneficiary of a wine tasting held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at 31 North Banquets, 217 N. Front St. (Route 31) in McHenry.

Attendees will enjoy a variety of wines to sample, as well as hot and cold hors d’ouevres.

The event is hosted by the Turning Point Board of Directors. Turning Point, located in Woodstock, is McHenry County’s only comprehensive domestic violence service agency and shelter.

Tickets cost $20 each and can be reserved by calling Turning Point at 815-338 8081.

January 04 2013 | Events and Fundraising and In the news | No Comments »

Violence Against Women Act expires

With all the attention paid to the “fiscal cliff” the expiration of 1994’s landmark “Violence Against Women Act” got lost in the shuffle and was not re-authorized by the House of Representatives.

“A bill that would extend funding for domestic violence programs has failed to be reauthorized for the first time since it was signed in 1994.

The Violence Against Women Act (Vawa) provides financing to programs that work to end domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as well as offer support to victims. The bill was approved for re-authorization by the Senate in April, but failed to make it through the House before the year-end congressional deadline.

The bill was successfully reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, but House Republicans took issue with provisions added to the 2012 legislation that attempted to expand protections for undocumented immigrants, Native Americans and members of the LGBT community who are victims of domestic violence.

Advocates suggested additions to the bill based on researched trends in domestic violence and worked with both sides of the House and Senate to draft a bill they hoped would make it through Congress before the end of the year.

Kiersten Stewart, director of public policy and advocacy, Futures Without Violence, told the Guardian: “The Senate bill was already very much a bipartisan compromise, it seems very unfortunate that the House chose to fight the provision.”

Stewart said domestic violence in Native Americans “is at absolute epidemic proportions” and that complications with federal and tribal jurisdiction gives perpetrators little accountability. VAWA provisions would allow tribes to prosecute minor cases of domestic violence and enforce restraining orders.

“What Native American women experience is every bit as horrific as what many women around the world in lesser developed countries experience,” said Stewart.”

You can read the full story at the Guardian.

January 03 2013 | In the news | No Comments »

Turning Point CLOSED for Christmas


Turning Point will be closed Monday (Christmas Eve) and Tuesday (Christmas Day).  But as always you can be connected to a Turning Point advocate at any time by calling the McHenry County Crisis Line at 800-892-8900.

December 21 2012 | Programs | No Comments »

Girl scouts bearing gifts


The ladies of Girl Scout troop 221 stopped by Turning Point to bring some adorable gifts to Turning Point families. They made “Jean pocket ornaments,” decorating pockets taken from old jeans with holiday flair and stuffing them with toothbrushes and tooth paste! Useful AND cute as can be!

December 20 2012 | Volunteers | No Comments »

Thank You Centegra Pre-Registration Department


Those nice ladies who get you cleared for admittance at Centegra held their Christmas lunch today and made a donation to Turning Point while they were at it! Thank you Centegra Pre-Registration department!

December 19 2012 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Thank You First Midwest Bank


THANK YOU to First Midwest Bank which made a $5000 donation to support the Turning Point Shelter. Pictured above is Turning Point Executive Director (left) with Steve Rankins, Senior Vice President and Division Manager of First Midwest Bank and Nancy Tunberg, Vice-President and Branch Manager of First Midwest Bank, McHenry, Il.

December 19 2012 | Fundraising | No Comments »

United Way support

A Letter to the Editor in today’s Northwest Herald:

With the holidays closing in, I wanted to take a moment to thank those who have donated to the United Way of Greater McHenry County this campaign season.

Many people are confused as to what happens to the money that comes to our United Way. Unlike many organizations, most of the money stays right here in McHenry County helping our neighbors.

Last year, United Way money funded 22 partner agency programs that served more than 84,000 McHenry County residents. That means one in every four residents in McHenry County received assistance from United Way-funded programs.

The United Way of Greater McHenry County is very conscious to fund programs that fix problems in our community. Our goal is not to provide temporary fixes. Our goal is to help programs that provide long-term solutions to human service issues. The programs we fund change behavior and make people’s lives better. If we can correct problems and head people in the right direction, we have a positive impact on our community.

The United Way of Greater McHenry County is grateful to hold this role in our community. We are dedicated to funding quality programs that positively impact lives right here in McHenry County. We are appreciative to those who understand our work and support us. We are hopeful that more people will become aware of what we do and decide to join the many donors who have supported us for years.

It is not too late to contribute to this year’s campaign. If you have not given to the United Way of Greater McHenry County, I ask you to carefully consider it this holiday season. Your gift will be put to good use helping your neighbors. No gift is too small. To contribute, please contact our office at 815-363-1377 or visit our website at

All the best this holiday season!

Steve Otten

United Way executive director

(Turning Point is a  United Way agency)

December 19 2012 | Fundraising and In the news | No Comments »

Mr Rogers offers some words of comfort

TV personality Mr. Rogers said something many years ago that has been quoted quite a bit in the last few days. They are certainly wise words.


December 17 2012 | In the news | No Comments »

Benefit helps children

A letter to the Editor in today’s Northwest Herald!

To the Editor:

A year ago, Mike Splitt of the Crystal Lake Kiwanis had an idea: A Santa run that would benefit five agencies in the county that served children: Girls on the Run, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Light Center/Mainstay, Turning Point and my own organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters.

On Dec. 2, Mike’s hard work paid off. More than 700 runners suited up in Santa suits and ran a 5K through downtown Crystal Lake that raised more than $30,000 for those five groups.

Hats off to Mike and the Crystal Lake Kiwanis, as well as the 75 volunteers who helped with the run and our sponsors: the Northwest Herald, Centegra Health System, Advocate Good Shepherd, Team Reil, Power Construction Co., the Running Depot, and Dunkin Donuts.

Thanks, too, to the city of Crystal Lake and the downtown merchants, especially the Raue Center.

And thanks to all those runners! We hope you’ll be back next year as we do it all again on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Robyn Ostrem

Executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County

December 17 2012 | Events and Fundraising | No Comments »

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