Turning Points Resource Center

Turning Points Resource Center, (TPC) is a service providing information for justice-involved individuals and their families involved with New York State prisons and jails operated in the area around Rochester NY. TPC is located at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 350 Chili Avenue, in Rochester NY. If you have a family member who is currently in one of these facilities, or know of a person or family who is touched by incarceration, this center provides information you can use.

About the Turning Points Center

A joint project of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the TPC, in operation since November 2012, provides up-to-date information for justice involved individuals and their families before and during incarceration, as well as during the re-entry process back into the community. The name “Turning Points” was chosen in recognition that behavior leading to incarceration often occurs through multiple generations within families and due to systemic deficiencies. It is hoped that with access to the most appropriate services and support, these multi-generational cycles can be “turned around” and focused on positive behavior. The founder and current manager of the Center is Ms. Precious Bedell, MA. She has worked in the criminal justice field for 20 plus years advocating for justice involved individuals and their families and for successful re-entry. She helped launch the first family resource center for families of justice involved individuals with the Osborne Association in Brooklyn, NY, which is the inspiration for TPC. In addition to her work at the TPC, she is also Project Health Counselor at the University of Rochester Women’s Initiative Supporting Health (WISH) providing healthcare and re-entry services to women when they are released.

Services Provided by the Center

The center provides the latest information on interacting with an justice involved family member. This includes:

  • Getting to and from NYS prisons
  • Rules and guidance for making visitations to prisons and our local jails in Monroe County
  • What can a family member bring or send to an incarcerated family member
  • Who can visit
  • Making and receiving telephone calls
  • Rehabilitative programs and services – information and suggestions for the most appropriate services as well as making the best use of these services,
  • Pre and Post Incarceration services
  • Information for those wishing to volunteer with agencies either working within a facility, or providing after-care services
  • If someone in your family is in our area prison or jail system and you want to know what resources are available to them, contact the center via phone, e-mail, or in person.

Contact the Turning Points Resource Center

By Mail:

Turning Points Resource Center

Ms. Precious Bedell -- Director

c/o St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

350 Chili Avenue

Rochester, NY 14611

By Phone: (585) 328-0856

By e-mail: turningpoints4families@frontier.com