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OUR VISION

To help female substance abusers and ex-offenders to recover from a lifestyle of substance abuse and crime in a halfway house setting that extends into aftercare to facilitate social integration. Our programme is based on Christian principles and values.

OUR MISSION

We aspire to rehabilitate the lives of female substance abusers, prisoners and ex-offenders committed to our residential programme by providing them with the necessary help and resources to steer them to live addiction/crime free lives and become responsible contributing members of society with the support of their families and the community.

OUR ORIGIN & HISTORY

The Turning Point is the 4th attempt by the Christian Community since 1970 to set up a refuge of recovery for women who are seeking help to get out of the snare of drug addiction in Singapore. It was set up in July 1990 as a charity in a humble single-storey rented bungalow in Meng Suan Road. The work was very tough in those years as few of those who sought help really stayed long enough for any real recovery to happen. In 1995, after 5 years of discouraging efforts, there was talk of closing it down. That year, Singapore Prison Service approached The Turning Point to take up the challenge of admitting inmates from Changi Women Prison under the Community-based Rehabilitation Scheme(CBR) in its premises.These inmates or mandated clients from prison are emplaced in the halfway house for a period of about 6-12 months during the last leg of their prison term. Most of them are hardcore addicts who are incarcerated in the Drug Rehab Centre of Changi Women Prison. The first mandated clients from Changi Women Prison were emplaced in September 1995.

In January 2006, Changi Women Prison introduced a new scheme for inmates incarcerated for synthetic drug use. As part of their rehabilitation, inmates who are first or second timers were sent to The Turning Point for the last few months of their prison term. In August 2007, another category of women prisoners were emplaced in the halfway house. Penal prisoners, incarcerated for other crimes and offences, were admitted under the CBR-Work Release Scheme. In this scheme, the inmates were admitted for 6 months and are allowed to go out to work after 3 months stay in the halfway house. This scheme is implemented side by side the scheme for women addicts from the Drug Rehab Centre. In October 2010, a new enhanced programme was launched for mandated clients in halfway houses called the Halfway House Service Model Programme (HSM). The first inmate was emplaced under the HSM in The Turning Point in March 2011.

Besides reaching out to mandated clients, The Turning Point continues its practice of taking in women addicts from the streets. These women need to admit themselves into a hospital, in particular Institute of Mental Health, for a period of detoxification before they can be admitted into the halfway house programme. In recent years, with increased recidivism in other behavioural addiction such as alcoholism and problem gambling, The Turning Point is also reaching out to women who fall into the trap of such vices and crime.

MOVE TO CURRENT PREMISES IN JAMAICA ROAD

In 2003, the Government offered The Turning Point free rental premises at 341 Jamaica Road and the ministry moved in to the new premises, which is its current location, in 2004.

TYPES OF ADMISSION TO THE HOME

Those serving their sentence in Changi Women’s Prison/Drug Rehabilitation Centre and placed on a mandatory residential stay of about 6 months under the HSM programme. They will be allowed to work or study in the community after about 3 months’ stay.

Direct admission cases (walk-in), usually referred by their family members and/or professionals, are required to undergo detoxification at the Institute of Mental Health and commit to a 6-month residential programme.