It takes a special person to support a nonprofit from the ground up, walking by its side through bumpy roads and hairpin turns. Turn90 is lucky; since its earliest days, Board Chair William “Bill” Finn has been there. He helped raise the funding to launch Turn90 as a viable nonprofit that has helped hundreds of men find success after prison. He’s been there through program redesigns, changes to locations and names, and even a global pandemic. Today we’re excited to tell you a little about him.
Is the American Dream still a thing? Can someone still pull himself out of poverty with hard work and dedication?
Or is that dream dead?
If ever a Turn90 student story makes you wonder, it’s this one. Solo’s parents did the right things. They worked hard. They instilled values in their children, teaching them right from wrong.
It wasn’t enough to keep their son safe.
Men coming home from prison routinely face obstacles that are difficult to overcome: lack of housing, transportation, and identification are three of the many issues faced as a result of separation from society over years or even decades. Turn90 has built a network of referral relationships to connect our program participants to the supportive services they need.
Recent feedback told us it’s not enough.
You already know Turn90 is the Print Shop with a Purpose. We are the most logical choice for screen printing in South Carolina for anyone who wants their hard-earned money to serve people who need a little extra help. We operate in Columbia and Charleston but we’re happy to ship elsewhere, even out of state.
But we’re also a fully-functioning professional screen-printing shop dedicated to meeting all your apparel needs on time and meeting the highest quality standards. To that end, every garment that goes to press passes through no less than SIX quality assurance checkpoints.
Perhaps the most telling part of Tonio’s story is that he refers to his childhood neighborhood, where he saw drug sales and violence, as “regular.” It’s what he saw, what he knew. His tendencies toward class-clowning brought him trouble early and his hot temper carried that trouble through to adulthood, but lately, he’s been focused. He’s set to make history as the first active Turn90 participant to earn his GED, and he has big plans for what he’s doing after he graduates.