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Turningpoint Walk to Empower returns to RF

The Turningpoint Walk to Empower returns to River Falls this year on Saturday, Oct. 14 beginning at Glen Park. This family friendly event will also feature light refreshments, games, activities and sign-making. Photo courtesy of Turningpoint

Submitted by Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence ("Turningpoint") announces its 29th annual Walk to Empower. The awareness event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 14 at Glen Park in River Falls.

The event includes games, sign-making, family-friendly activities and light refreshments. All ages are welcome, and well-mannered dogs on leashes are invited. The walk will begin in Glen Park at approximately 10 a.m., route through downtown River Falls, and return to Glen Park. There is no charge to participate in the event, however donations are always appreciated. To make a donation, please visit Turningpoint's website at turningpoint-wi.org. Gifts will also be accepted in person at the event.

Turningpoint provides direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence from Pierce and St. Croix Counties and the surrounding area — women, children and men — including crisis shelter and a phone and text hotline, all of which are staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Additional services include legal services support; safety planning; individual support; support groups; children's programming; information and referral services; daily living supplies, food, and clothing; and transportation for victims of violence.

In addition to direct service, Turningpoint provides violence prevention education to thousands of area residents every year. Services are provided by six full-time and nine part-time employees; interns, and approximately 200 volunteers annually.

In addition to the River Falls crisis shelter, Turningpoint provides services at satellite offices in New Richmond; in the Second Chances building in downtown River Falls; and through a partnership with Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin. The organization also owns and operates the Second Chances Thrift Store in downtown River Falls. Donations to Second Chances are tax-deductible, and proceeds from merchandise sales benefit Turningpoint.

Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence ("Turningpoint") exists to provide support and resources to achieve freedom from domestic and sexual violence. The organization's vision is to end domestic and sexual violence in Pierce and St. Croix Counties of Wisconsin.

For further information, contact Amy Rydberg, Development Director at 715-425-6751, ext. 102 or email at amyr@turningpoint-wi.org.

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