Social and health service provider Turning Points for Children is offering a walk-in resource center at Frankford Library.
The center will be set up in the lower floor of the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free resources offered include job search assistance, mock interviews, resume building, budgeting worksheets and onsite financial advisers.
“A lot of times people don’t want to come to workshops because it’s not one-on-one based,” said Zoraida Cordero, strengthening families coordinator for Turning Points for Children. “This is more one-on-one where someone will help you with your resume, someone will look up jobs. Whatever needs you’re coming with, someone will assist you.”
Andrew Lemon, a community liaison for Turning Points for Children, described the center as a “one-stop shop” for adults looking for resources.
“We want people to walk away feeling like they’ve made another step instead of just giving them another flier,” he said.
Turning Points for Children is part of the Community Umbrella Agency for Lower Northeast Philadelphia and West/Southwest Philadelphia. They host events such as parent cafes, where parents come together to discuss their problems and experiences in a nonjudgmental space. There is also a professional present at the resource center to discuss the scope and requirements of becoming a foster parent.
The resource center has been operating in the library at 4634 Frankford Ave. for about two months. It also includes resources from BenePhilly, which has a similar mission in connecting people with benefits and resources.
Turning Points will present panel discussion “It Takes a Village: Stories of Overcoming” that discusses foster care, the juvenile justice system, becoming a foster parent and more. The panel will take place May 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cityreach Church, 6814 Torresdale Ave.
For more information about Turning Points, visit turningpointsforchildren.org or email Zoraida Cordero at ZCordero@phmc.org