5th Annual Golf Tournament – The fun continues!

The fifth annual Turning Point Golf Tournament was another big success. Hard to believe it is already number five.  Great weather and good fellowship turned the event into a great outing once again.

All associated with Turning Point Ministries would like express our appreciation for the hard work of our organizers and host and hostess, Boone Ellis and Linda Boyce, as well as all the generous folks who contributed money, prizes, gift cards and time to make the event the success it was.

Next year’s tournament is already being planned, if you are interested in being a sponsor, or would just like more information,  go to our “Contact Us” Page and send us a note.


New Duplex Dedicated!


The latest project undertaken by Turning Point Ministries was a duplex built in Legacy Station.  The project has officially been completed, dedicated and two families are moving in over the New Year holiday!  The project represents many, many hours of volunteer time and effort.  The families who are moving

New Legacy Station Addition!

in are most appreciative and excited about the move.  Each side has three bedrooms and is complete with foam insulation, geothermal heating and cooling and a security system, among many amenities!

To read a wonderful article from the Edmond Sun on this project, click here:  http://www.edmondsun.com/local/x1477835900/Housing-ministry-blesses-Edmond-duplex



Turning Point Receives Samaritan Award

For more than 20 years, St. John the Baptist Catholic church has given it’s annual Samaritan Award to organizations which help in the community.  Turning Point Ministries is honored to have been chosen as the first place winner of this year’s award.   Board members Dick Freeman and Josh Moore were on hand to accept a handsome plaque and a generous check for $2,000.  The funds will help the Ministry in a big way.  Also recognized for their work were the Coffee Creek Riding Center and Birth Choice of Oklahoma.  Many sincere thanks to our friends at St. John’s for their recognition of our efforts.

Oklahoma City Mayor’s panel gives awards

Turning Point Ministries was featured in the October 30, 2009 NewsOK article, “Oklahoma City Mayor’s panel gives awards.”

The Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns gave awards Thursday to outstanding Oklahomans with disabilities and their advocates.
The committee’s purpose is to erase architectural, social and attitudinal barriers to people with disabilities.
Todd Craighead won the George B. Lewis Advocacy Award.
Tinker Air Force Base was named Employer of the Year.
The Public Personnel Employee Award went to Michael O’Brien, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Other honors included Media Public Service Award to Susan Simpson, The Oklahoman; Media Public Affairs Award to Kevin Ogle, KFOR-4; and special awards to Wayne Rhode, Crystal Rushing and The Rev. Gary Stevens.
The Don Davis Advocacy Award was given to Kuang-Hua Chang.
Scott Ellis was named Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns Member of the Year.
Several organizations and individuals received Clearing the Path Awards: Barnett Homes, Dan Peterson, Don Hildebrand Homes, Michelle Hughes, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, Turning Point Ministries, Virginia Moore, Ryan Schamerhorn, Bonnie Bower, Todd Isaac Homes and Pat McAlister.
The Clearing the Path Award highlights an Oklahoma City residential building and its architect, designer, builder, contractor and/or owner for universal design in making the home accessible to people with disabilities.
Winners of the poster contest were: Caleb Ferris, Classen School of Advanced Studies, first; Gabriel Martinez, Putnam City West High School, second; and Lizbeth Del Castillo, Putnam City West High School, third.

Housing group targets single mothers

Turning Point Ministries was featured in The Edmond Sun on May 27, 2009, in Mark Schlachtenhaufen’s article, “Housing group targets single mothers.”

EDMOND — Connecting eligible buyers with affordable housing in Edmond is the goal of a new organization.

Turning Point Ministries is a nonprofit housing organization established to help individuals living in inferior housing situations find affordable homes, said Bob Turner, a member of the organization’s board of directors.

Turner said the ministry’s primary target audience is single mothers who would like to own a home in Edmond but are priced out of the market.

Others could be helped as well. Board member Dick Freeman said he heard that 10,000 Oklahoma families registered with the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency are eligible to buy a house if housing were available.

Freeman said a fair number of these families likely are living in Edmond or in the Oklahoma City metro area. And, he said, many potential beneficiaries work in the service industry.

Turning Point Build 1 - Painting

“Most workers in the service industry can’t afford to rent or buy in Edmond and have to commute,” Freeman said. “With the rising prices of gas, getting to work is getting more expensive.”

Many homes in Edmond aren’t cheap either. The average home price in Edmond was $234,047 in 2007, according to the Edmond Economic Development Authority. More than half of existing home inventory in the city is priced between the $225,000 to $1 million price range. Edmond land is also expensive, Turner said.

Addressing potential concerns that more affordable homes might decrease neighboring property values, Turner said affordable land likely will be available in areas in need of renewal. The brick multi-bedroom homes with two-car garages likely will increase property value in these areas, Turner said.

Freeman said due to the desire to buy real estate, board members wanted to keep the ministry separate from First Presbyterian.

Turner said Turning Point is coordinating with Habitat so that resources from First Presbyterian can be used to provide Habitat homes for church members and families in the community. The ministry also informs clients about other resources, he said.

Ann Felton, chairwoman and CEO of Habitat’s local chapter, said the new Edmond ministry fills a void.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Felton said of Turning Point Ministries. “There’s a great need for affordable housing in Edmond.”

Turner said the ministry’s plans are to build three homes annually and eventually develop a neighborhood of 12-15 such homes in Edmond. Transitional houses, a bridge for potential homeowners between current situations and future homes, also are planned.

Freeman said Edmond will benefit from having more hard-working taxpaying residents and state government would have lower public housing costs.