ONE GOOD TURN IS BUILT UPON THE IDEA THAT IT IS BENEFICIAL AND NECESSARY TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR THE INTRINSIC VALUE OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL.
Oftentimes, programs that help those in need inadvertently reinforce the “moral tax” of poverty, reinforcing the stereotypes that those in poverty are needy, dependent, and without self-respect. This moral tax has consequences; it lowers self-esteem and reduces executive functioning, further maintaining the cycle of poverty.*
Our mission is to help low-income, marginalized members of the community achieve long-term self-sufficiency by providing access to resources and by providing an empowering and inclusive environment that fosters connection and recognizes that everyone has something to offer.
ONE GOOD TURN runs four ventures in order to provide individuals access to healthy meals, affordable housing, job training, and counseling.
ONE GOOD TURN first started with CAFE 180, a restaurant where individuals pay what they can for a meal, and through a mutual-exchange system, individuals who are unable to afford a meal can volunteer for one hour at the cafe in exchange for a meal. CAFE 180 provides a platform in which all members of the community can participate and contribute to the program, and provides an environment that cultivates interpersonal connection.
With the success of CAFE 180, ONE GOOD TURN expanded and created HOUSING 180, JOBS 180, and COUNSELING 180. Like CAFE 180, these ventures focus on low-income, marginalized members of the community, and provide access to affordable housing, job training, and counseling in exchange for volunteer services.
“FINDING CAFE 180 HAS BEEN A REAL WINDFALL FOR ME,” SAYS CAFÉ PATRON RICHARD SPARKS, WHO AT AGE 74 IS ON A FIXED INCOME. “THE PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL AND THE FOOD IS WORLD CLASS.”Richard Sparks
WE’RE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS WORK THAT WE’VE MADE UP OUR OWN WORD TO DESCRIBE IT.
DIGNIFICATION(R) [dig-nif-ih-kay-shun]. Noun.
The use of a mutual exchange to affirm inherent self-worth.
ONE GOOD TURN dignifies and honors the intrinsic value of all. Whether a simple smile, calling someone by name or sharing a meal together, mutual exchanges are the cornerstone of all we do. Recognizing everyone has something to give and to receive, we come together to find creative ways to meet our shared needs: a meal, a job, a home, a connection.
Anyone who goes through a hard time, such as addiction, loss of work, or illness, has felt the overwhelming shame that overshadows hard times. When we receive help in respectful ways, we’re reminded of our own dignity. And that alone can move us forward.
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* Babock, 2014
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