By Laura Gamble
December 15, 2020

Turning Point Ministries offers a “hand up”

This non-profit organization serves hard-working, modest income families by building homes in Edmond.
Michelle Gregory, Executive Director of Turning Point Ministries and Scot Bertrem, Construction Superintendent (Photo: <a href="">Brent Fuchs</a>)

Started in 2008 as a ministry of First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, Turning Point Ministries has evolved into an independent, faith-based non-profit organization serving hard-working, modest income families build a home in Edmond. Turning Point refers to itself as a “hand up” not “hand out” ministry. Clients are required to participate in the building of their home, attend financial education classes, and pay a low-interest mortgage with monthly payments that are the same as or lower than they were paying in rent.

Potential clients go through an application process and must have a steady, dependable source of income. Clients must also agree to volunteer for their community association. While Turning Point is a faith-based ministry, clients are not required to make a profession of faith to receive services.

Michelle Gregory, Executive Director of Turning Point Ministries, at a new house under construction in the Heritage Village neighborhood in Edmond (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

Until February of 2020, Turning Point was managed by the board of directors with only one employee, a building supervisor who managed the building of the homes. Michelle Gregory came on board in February 2020 as a part-time executive director. As executive director, Gregory oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization including the fundraising.

Turning Point is different from other home building organizations because they build neighborhoods rather than single homes in different neighborhoods. Their Heritage Village neighborhood has a total of 37 lots and is almost full. Legacy Station is a smaller neighborhood comprised of 12 homes. Turning Point builds three to four cottage-style homes per year. Each has two to four bedrooms and appliances include a dishwasher, refrigerator, drop-in stove, and garbage disposal. Washer and dryer are not included, but hookups are provided. Most plans have a one-car garage. 

This year has seen a marked increase in clients with 15-20 families in the pipeline at any time. Because of the increased need, Turning Point needs land for development of another neighborhood. To fund the purchase of the land, they will begin a capital campaign in early spring of 2021. 

Turning Point relies on funding from individual donations as well as support from the City of Edmond, churches, and community and family foundations. Their main fundraising event is the annual Turkey Trot, a run that takes place in November, which moved online this year and was very successful. Additional funds this year came from the sale of The Victory Cottage, an adorable, craftsman style home in Edmond.

Many businesses in the home building industry donate their time, products, and supplies which helps keep down the cost of the homes. Turning Point is always looking for more partners to provide skilled labor, such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. Volunteer groups are welcome to help with the construction as well as serve on the board or assist with various projects.

Visit the Turning Point Ministries website for more information.

Note: Turning Point Ministries is not affiliated with Dr. David Jeremiah’s Turning Point broadcast ministry.

Michelle Gregory, Executive Director of Turning Point Ministries and Scot Bertrem, Construction Superintendent (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

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About Laura Gamble

Laura is President of Redbud Advisory Group, a consulting company that she founded in 2016. Redbud, whose tagline is, “First I listen”, provides a myriad of consulting and professional development services to non-profit and small business leaders. She is a certified life coach and holds certifications in non-profit management and DISC Behavioral Analysis.