The magic of Turning Point

It’s great to see “Turning Point opening new doors for women in Richmond” in the online Richmond News. The new house for women recovering for substance abuse will be good for its clients. As well, I believe that they will be good for the community, even while recovering.

My bit of insight comes mainly from the Turning Point Recovery Society’s male clients who volunteered at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm a few summers ago. A team of them spent a day a week there. They constructed things and helped grow food for the Richmond Food Bank. My daughter, an 18-year-old at the time, was working there, and they were respectful, enthusiastic and very productive.

The urban cousin of the Terra Nova parks is the Garden City Lands, and one of my deepest hopes for the lands is that they will meet needs like that. This does not mean giving exclusive attention to finding and serving the neediest. It does mean constantly asking whether a prospective use for the lands will help serve the neediest (a) at all and (b) in a high-priority way.

As I saw at Terra Nova, serving segments of the community that are most in need can make us all better. They receive community resources, a part of the community pie, but the value of the greater community wellness that results means that the community gets a larger pie to share.

This may seem like wishful thinking, and indeed it is magical, but it works.

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