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.
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