Our Mission

Our Mission is to foster a secure and nurturing environment for individuals and families confronting life’s struggles. We seek to promote positive life changes physically and spiritually, to those wishing to rebuild and renew.

Our Background

Turning Point, Inc. formerly known as Operation Shelter, was founded in October of 1989, by the Steuben County Ministerial Association to provide temporary emergency shelter for transients and the homeless of Steuben County.

Turning Point is a not-for-profit agency under the statues of the State of Indiana and the Federal Governement [501(c)(3)].

Our Facility

Turning Point is currently in use every day with occupancy ranging from 1 to 40 people per night. Individuals or families may be referred to Turning Point by local Clergy, Social Service Agencies, or Area Law Enforcement Departments. Before any individual can enter Turning Point, he or she must pass a Police Security Check. Each individual's stay at Turning Point is evaluated on a daily basis. The expectation is that residents are to be employed or actively seeking employment. The operation of Turning Point is conducted under specific rules for occupants. Failure to follow the rules will result in dismissal from the facility.

Our Community

Turning Point's ministry depends upon churches, individuals, businesses and other service organizations for approximately 75% of its yearly budget. The remaining 25% comes from the City of Angola and the Steuben County United Way. Turning Point receives no federal or state funding for operational expenses. Turning Point also has an endowment fund to which you may give.

In addition to financial support from groups and individuals, Turning Point depends on other donations.
Learn more about our ongoing needs

Meet The Team!

Turning Point Staff And Board Of Directors

The executive director coordinates client services, supervises staff, volunteers and occupants. The Director also works closely with our service agencies to ensure that the best possible service is provided to the homeless.

A Board of Directors made up of community residents oversees operations. The staff and Board strive to provide Christian care and support for all who are in need.

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Executive Director

Shannon Thomas

Contact Shannon!

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Board Member
Mike Votaw

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Board Member
Paulette Fisher


Board Member
John Mueller


Board Member
Lisa Hanna


Board Member
Jerry Spiker

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Board Secretary
Mechelle Snyder-Bruns


President Chair
Barb Yoder

Get Involved!

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming part of Turning Point's board of directors, please contact Shannon Thomas by calling (260)665-9191 or by emailing her at shannonthomas@turningpointsteuben.org