In recognition of the June 13 open house for Turning Point, Inc.’s new Culturally Specific Service Center, the MSR is republishing online our September 8, 2011 story “For our people, by our people” to remind readers what the new center is all about and how its culturally sensitive programs can “address disparities and the issues surrounding chemical dependence, poverty and homelessness” in the community.
By Charles Hallman
Turning Point, Inc., a North Minneapolis-based private mental health and chemical health agency, soon plans to open its doors for a “Culturally Specific Service Center.” The one-stop comprehensive approach to addressing dysfunctional individuals and families will take into account the history of Black people and the disparities they must still contend with in their daily lives. “We have been working on this for a long time,” notes Turning Point President/CEO Vincent “Peter” Hayden, who has long dreamed of establishing a culturally specific “one-stop” service center. He believes that existing local organizations aren’t working in a collaborative fashion to better serve the Black community. “We are not working together as Black people — we are still trying to be the big person on the block,” admits Hayden. Continue Reading →