More than 200 business owners, community leaders, friends and supporters celebrated Turning Point’s 22 years of providing services for homeless and low-income men and women Sunday, July 23rd, at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Turning Point offers transitional housing, case management, job counseling, money management and independent living skills. It is one of ten programs at OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center).

At the event, Santa Monica Mayor Robert Holbrook presented the fifth annual Blues by the Sea awards to:

n Kathleen Rawson, Generous Spirit Award for Unparalleled Generosity;

n Laurel Rosen from The Lobster, Brilliant Star Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Corporation; and

n Gwyn Dilday and Kristen Sibson from the Junior League of Los Angeles, Open Heart Award for Service.

“I don’t know what the community would be like if we didn’t have Turning Point,” said Tristan Taylor, a program graduate who was recently admitted to the University of California at Berkeley. “If you are involved in what they are doing, you are helping many people.”

Melvin Taylor, a current Turning Point resident, said, “If you are homeless, displaced, over 60, and diagnosed with cancer, things are really difficult.

“The women in the Junior League are fantastic. Their kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.”

OPCC’s ten programs on eight sites provide emergency services, transitional and permanent housing, mental and medical health programs, battered women and children services, and preparation for independent living for more than 10,000 homeless and low-income men, women and children each year.

Information, (310) 264-6646 or www.opcc.net

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