Turning Point says farewell to longtime CPO

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 30, 2019

 Debbie McPeek

Debbie McPeek

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MOUNT CLEMENS — One of Turning Point Macomb’s longest dedicated soldiers has retired.

Debbie McPeek, who had worked as chief program officer since 2005, started with Turning Point in Mount Clemens as a resident advocate on the crisis line in 1988.

Turning Point provides emergency, support and prevention services for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Services consist of an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, a personal protection order assistance program, a forensic nurse examiners program for victims of sexual assault, and a prevention education program.

“Debbie McPeek was instrumental in developing services and programs at Turning Point for 31 years,” Turning Point CEO Sharman Davenport said. “She served as a fierce and dedicated advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She touched many lives with her warm heart and jovial personality.”

McPeek played a prominent role in the development of Turning Point’s evolution from a small grassroots organization to the established community agency it is today, according to a press release.

“She consistently advocated for the care and empowerment of the women and children she serves,” Davenport said. “Throughout her tenure at Turning Point, she has worked to empower the survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse so that they can make a better life for themselves and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. She is fondly known for her offbeat and irreverent sense of humor, which has often provided much-needed comic relief for the staff, whose work is often intense and very stressful.”

From 1990 to 2000, McPeek was a counselor in the sexual assault program, and in 2003, she became the director of support services. In 2005, she became the director of programs; later the title was changed to chief program officer.

McPeek holds a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University, and is a past president of the board of directors of the Macomb County Homeless Coalition. McPeek also shared the Athena Award from the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce with former Turning Point CEO Sue Coats in 2007.

“Her presence on our team is dearly missed. However, we are thankful for Debbie’s decades of service and we wish her the very best in her retirement,” said Davenport.

McPeek’s retirement was made official in mid-May. Turning Point is currently seeking to fill the vacancy. For more information, visit turningpointmacomb.org or call (586) 463-4430.

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