I was anxious to meet Adell Erozer in the hope of finding the answer to what seems like an unbelievably difficult Sarasota question. How can Bradenton handle the homeless issue and Sarasota can’t?
It seems like I needed to visit and see for myself, but actually, I had hea
rd from several people how good Turning Points is and how its CEO, Adell, does such a great job.
Rather than describe it by the either/or approach that the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County have taken, I’d describe Turning Points as having almost
everything under one roof. And they offer assistance to almost all of the homeless population’s needs except for one: housing. Instead they give out vouchers.
But still, clients can see a dentist, get medical care, have their laundry done, receive job counseling or speak to a veteran’s affairs expert. In another building there are donations piled high and clients can get clothes and even a bike. (A bike is like a car to many homeless people.)
Adell is a highly thought of CEO who has been at the helm at Turning Points since 2004. Many people recommended her after I asked around. I can only hope that 2016 is the year Sarasota and Sarasota County get started on addressing this important issue.
To read her profile, click here. It’s also on our web site westcoastwoman.com. Here’s wishing you a healthy and productive New Year! Lots of stuff in this e-blast so please, click away!
Louise Bruderle, Editor, West Coast Woman
Also in WCW’s January Issue
January is our Education & Lifelong Learning Issue. And it’s a great one if you love to learn new things. I’ve been editing it for months and have included all kinds of opportunities from degreed programs (this area has a LOT of post-secondary schools) but also noncredit courses that are often aptly named “enrichment” programs.
Pierian Spring, ACE, Lifelong Learning Academy and Longboat Key Educations Center – they’re just a few of the many places where you can take a wide variety of classes or enjoy lectures. I’ve attached the Lifelong Learning feature here.
However, I strongly suggest you pick up January’s WCW and enjoy the whole issue!
I’ve known Amanda Stiff for years – we both go back to when we
served on the SPARCC board together. Spend a few minutes with her and you know how smart she is and how friendly. Well, to me that seems like the perfect combination for a financial advisor and now she’s offering a lecture series designed just for women.
You’re invited to a Money Savvy Women Series offering events designed to impart a jargon-free personal finance education. What you will learn: Small initial steps can translate into improvement in your finances and what to concentrate on and what is “noise”. Are you allergic to finance? Or do you have “get your finances organized” on your to do list?? Sign up today
* Tuesday, January 19 is the Kick Off with a talk on “Financial Resolutions” held at 6:30 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail.
* Thursday, February 11-When & How to Start Investing
* Tuesday, March 8-Life Stage Planning and Investing
* Thursday, April 19-“Must Have” Docs for Life a Well-planned
* Tuesday, May 10-Martinis & Markets
Her ad is here and her web site is accessadvice.net. Oh yes, phone: 366-7504 to RSVP.
Deals Deals Deals…
My wonderful neighborhood, Indian Beach Sapphire Shores (Ringling Arts Museum area), is having a super duper neighborhood yard sale on Jan. 23 & 24, 9-3 p.m. The sale is scattered all through the neighborhood and a handy map is provided to find all the homes that are having sales.
It’s a fun way to enjoy this beautiful neighborhood with its older homes, tree canopy and winding roads.
Come on out and say HI! The ad for the event is attached here.