Turn90 Columbia: A Check-in With Program Manager Sarah Brown

When we opened the doors to Turn90 Columbia in October 2021, truth be told, we had no idea how it would go. We were confident we’d prepared as best we could. The staff was trained and ready, and the program participants were on time for class. But! This was our first time replicating our pilot program. What were we missing that we didn’t even know about?

It turns out, there was plenty we didn’t know, and plenty of lessons to learn for our next expansion.

Still. Turn90 Columbia is more than we ever dreamed it could be. It’s served 18 men in the past four months, and a few participants are getting ready to become the first Columbia graduates. That being the case, we thought it was a great time to check in with our Columbia Program Manager, Sarah Brown, to see how things are really going up there.

The Ordering Process with Maura Langston

At Turn90, we make every effort to make our ordering process as smooth and transparent as possible. To that end, we recently sat down with Maura Langston, our Business Development Manager, to learn a bit more about how orders move through our system, and how we’re working to meet every customer’s needs

Emanuel

“I was nine years old the first time I saw a lady overdose from heroin,” Emanuel says. We’re minutes into our time together, and we’ve already discussed where he grew up (Greenville, South Carolina, in the same neighborhood as Jesse Jackson, with whom his mother went to high school), and what it was like (“a LOT of drugs,” he says, pulling a face). But this is the moment when I realize how different this story will be.

Returning from Prison: 6 Hidden Barriers to Success

Men coming home from prison face a unique set of challenges. Many of those barriers – clothes, food, bus passes – can be addressed by reentry programs that focus on emergency needs. Other barriers are more complex, like navigating the DMV to get a driver’s license or finding a new job but are visible and well-documented. 

However, some of the most complicated reentry issues are less often discussed. Many are emotionally fraught and none are easy to solve. Any one of these six hidden barriers can cause someone to say “F*** it” and return to street life. 

How Are Supply Chains Affecting Turn90?

It’s hard to walk three feet these days without hearing about supply chains. Merchandise is stuck on container ships. No one can get the supplies they need from overseas, so manufacturing is grinding to a halt. It’s the end of the world!

Okay, so maybe not THAT extreme, but you get the point.

The fact remains that supply chains are an issue, and yes, we’re feeling it at the Turn90 Print Shop. Absolutely. Sometimes we go to order a cut/fabric/brand of t-shirt we’ve ordered a million times and it’s just…not…there…

Ben

We say all the time around here that trouble is easy to get into, but really hard to get out of.

Ben is a great example of this. Coming from a childhood that was a mix-up of difficult experiences and glimpses of what life could be like, if only there was enough money to support him and his mom, his induction into the streets was perhaps the easiest, most natural thing he’d ever done. But almost two full decades in prison have shown him that change is necessary, and he’s dedicated to making a difference in the lives of his children and his community. It’s not easy, but Ben is committed.

This is his story.

Custom-Printed T-Shirts: How to Know What You Need

If this is your first time ordering custom-printed t-shirts, you’re probably feeling some type of way.

Because…

Do you need screen printing? 
DTG?
Heat pressed vinyl transfers?
Why ARE there so many kinds of printing?
And what the heck is sublimation anyway?

Let us help you with this handy-dandy primer of printing terms to help you get started on your printed apparel journey.

Turn90 Director of Operations Kim Huey Named to Prestigious REDF 2022 Accelerator

As 2021 winds down, we’re thrilled to share more good news! Last week, Turn90’s Director of Operations, Kim Huey, was named to the prestigious 2022 Accelerator Cohort of REDF. REDF (the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund) is a pioneering venture philanthropy accelerating a national movement of employment social enterprises – businesses with a social purpose to … Read more