We aren’t willing to give up on people

 

Turning Leaf was founded by Amy Barch, who never planned to start a nonprofit. In 2011, she was volunteering in the Charleston County jail when judges began sentencing people to her class on thinking to make good decisions. A lightbulb went off. She realized her volunteer class could be much more. Amy quit her job in 2012 to work full time on the project.

The first few years were really rough. We knocked on a lot of doors and heard a lot of no’s. There were times we almost ran out of money and times we weren’t sure if the program was working. For a year we didn’t win a grant over $1,500. The road to a having a salary and staff and a sustainable organizable seemed very, very far away.

But we persevered. And here we are today.

When we reflect, the reason we made it through was our willingness to be honest with ourselves and commitment to learning and getting better. Our first eight years were dedicated to researching, creating, testing, and adjusting, and what we ended up with is the best designed reentry program in the world.

Now our plan is to bring Turning Leaf centers to other cities across South Carolina and then the country.

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Meet our team

Amy Barch

Founder & Director

Justin Evans

Case Manager

Aulzue Fields

Peer Specialist

Joe McGrew

Classroom Faciliator

Colin Landrith

Print Shop Manager

Leslie Simmons

Job Developer & Print Shop Sales

Meet our board

William Finn, Chair

Owner, Asten Johnson Inc.

Russell Bennet, Vice-Chair

Owner, Poe's Tavern

Nancy Bloodgood, Secretary

Attorney at Law, Bloodgood & Sanders

Tracy Clifford, Treasurer

Owner, Tracy Clifford Consulting LLC

Thomas Griffin

Corporate Treasurer, Blackbaud

Patrick Ilderton

Ilderton Contracting LLC

Bridget Laird

Chief Executive Officer, Wings for Kids

Ronda Muir

Founder, Law People Management, LLC

Michael Baxley

Senior Vice-President & General Counsel, Santee Cooper

Kenny Gardner

Attorny, Butler & Snow LLP