Irma Morales, Senior City Librarian at Ventura County Library, partnered with the Turning Point Foundation as part of their Community Conversations with Veterans series. An open house and luncheon at the Turning Point Foundation’s Transitional Housing facility brought together the library, the Foundation, the veterans currently participating in the housing program, and other community partners that help veterans.
Turning Point Foundation’s Street Outreach team found that in Ventura County veterans make up at least 20% of the homeless population and 30% of homeless veterans are suffering from mental illness. The Foundation operates the transitional housing facility off of Ventura Avenue with multiple units where vets can stay anywhere from a month to a year. Currently, they have a waiting list of 19 veterans that are homeless and needing temporary housing. Irma shared, “Approximately 40 people attended the open house including vets and staff from agencies that partner with Turning Point. I spoke to one vet that said he has had a library card since he was 10 years old and comes to E.P. Foster Library regularly. Many of the partners stopped by to speak with me about having a table at the library to talk to community members about their programs.” Photos are included above.
Thank you to Ventura County Library and their community partners!