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We know how it is. You need swag for your next event. Branded polos for your employees to wear on the job. Hoodies so your students can showcase their school pride.

You love the idea of ordering from a local print shop, or a print shop with a social mission. In fact, you love the idea of ordering from the Turning Leaf Print Shop.

If only you could see more about our merchandise option and our prices on our website! Wouldn’t that be great?

We’re here to help!

We’re pleased to announce the release of our 2021-2022 Pricing Guide and Catalog. Showcasing our best-selling products as well as a sample price-list, the catalog has everything you need to get started with your order. Check out all your favorite t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, totes and more, then call us at 843.732.3460 to place your order today. Or request a quote online to get everything you need emailed straight to your inbox.

You’re on a journey to get the custom-printed merchandise your organization needs to take your project to the next level. We’re here to be your guides.

Reach out today for the best quality printing, the best customer service, and a social mission we all believe in.

Turning Leaf Founder Published in Stanford Social Innovation Review

 “Change is really hard, even under the best circumstances. People leaving prison attempt to change their whole lives with the cards stacked against them.”

So writes Turning Leaf Founder and Executive Director Amy Barch in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on July 7, 2021. The article, A Better Way to Keep People from Going Back to Prison, takes a look at what works at Turning Leaf and other re-entry organizations around the country with particular focus on the different ways Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is incorporated into the most successful programs.

While this is Barch’s first professional publication, it is by no means the first time she’s written about the challenges of re-entry. Since entering the field of prison reform in her early 20s, she’s spent countless hours researching and writing about the topic. The bespoke curriculum at Turning Leaf, which uses 25 life skills like “Setting Boundaries” and “Asking for Help,” was created by Barch. She has also written extensively about the early successes (and failures) of Turning Leaf at her blog.

“It’s an honor to be published,” says Barch. “It’s a validation of all the hard work we’ve done at Turning Leaf. When you launch a nonprofit with a clinical component, you have to be willing to change and grow. We’ve done that, and now that we’re putting in the work to prove our program is able to replicate and scale, it’s wonderful to have our accomplishments acknowledged by a journal like SSIR.”

Read full article at SSIR

Two program graduates hired to help open Turning Leaf: Columbia

When it comes to helping men out of prison find meaningful employment, we put our money where our mouth is. All program graduates are placed into livable wage jobs, but we also hire some of them too. In 2017, Aulzue “Blue” Fields became the first Turning Leaf graduate to join the team as a full-time salaried staff member. In January of this year, our Classroom Facilitator Winard Eady became the second. Blue and Winard’s success paved the way for two more men in their shoes to be given the same life-changing opportunity. Program graduates Deon Nowell and Lovan “Van” Green are the two newest additions to this tradition.

The weight of his role in helping create opportunities for these two graduates is not lost on Blue. “I feel like their big brother,” he says. “When I was hired, we didn’t know what it would look like to have a graduate on staff. We made mistakes, changed course a couple of times, and got better. When I saw the looks on Deon and Van’s faces, I know they’re as committed as I am to giving back to the community, especially the Turning Leaf community.”

Deon Nowell will take the role of Print Shop Manager in our new Columbia location. Deon enrolled in Turning Leaf in May of 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted his sentence. He took a particular interest in the screen-printing aspect of the program and was one of the few graduates who went on to work at another print shop before eventually deciding to launch his own screen-printing business. Now that work is paying off big-time. Deon’s always had a dream to work at Turning Leaf and help men as they transition from prison. With the opening of Turning Leaf Columbia, we have the perfect opportunity to bring him onto the team.

Also joining the Columbia team is Van Green, who will take on the role of Classroom Facilitator. Although Van has only been out of prison a short time, he captured the hearts and minds of Turning Leaf staff during his time in the program. A positive and inspiring presence, Van would arrive early and stay late. He could often be found mentoring new students and consistently pushed himself and others to make the most of their time at Turning Leaf. We are thrilled he’s agreed to move to Columbia and take on a critical role in the program’s expansion.

Deon and Van will officially join our team August 1. Keep an eye out for more exciting updates as we continue filling staff positions for our Columbia location.

Don’t ruin a good time by choosing the wrong t-shirt fabric

Summer in the South can be intense. While the heat is great for a day at the beach, it can meltdown a family reunion, company picnic, or team sporting event. Don’t ruin a good time by choosing the wrong t-shirt fabric for your group’s custom-printed shirts. Let us help make your outdoor event a success. We offer a variety of breathable tees and tanks that will keep your group feeling comfortable and looking stylish in shirts branded with your logo or design.

Heathered tees are a good starting place; the polyester-blend bits that give it the signature “heathered” look also lighten up the cotton and keep you cooler. Tri-blend tees mix cotton, polyester, and other fabrics like rayon to create a super-lightweight, moisture-wicking shirt that comes in a variety of cuts and styles. For your outdoors work or your summer sports league, your best bet is a full polyester. The lightweight, shiny fabric wicks away your sweat and enhances airflow for your most comfortable summer t-shirt.

We offer tanks, too, in a number of styles and cuts. From sporty racerbacks for the athletes in your life to flowy, lightweight tanks that look stylish in the office or on a late-night walk on the beach, we have it all.

With so many options, it can be hard to know exactly what fabric best meets your needs. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Send us some basic information by asking for a quote below and you’ll get expert advice through every step of the ordering process.

Feeling comfortable outdoors in the summer heat starts with wearing the right clothes. You can’t control the weather, but you can control the style and fabric of your branded tanks and tees to ensure a summer event that everyone can enjoy.

Turning Leaf Print Shop New Products Alert!

Well, friends. You spoke and we listened. You love supporting Turning Leaf’s mission of helping men succeed after prison. But you also want the convenience of ordering all your printed materials from a single vendor. Now we can do it all. We’ve expanded our product lines to become the one-stop-shop for all your printing needs.

  • Need hats for your restaurant staff?
  • Need individual numbers or names for your jerseys?
  • Need embroidery on half your shirts and screen printing on the others?
  • Need tumblers, wine glasses, journals, patches, blankets, or towels?

We’ve got you covered. Support a local nonprofit, give a job to someone returning home from prison, and avoid the hassle of ordering your merch from different places.  
 
Click here to get a quote for all your branded products.

Our vision in 2020

Our vision in 2020

You know when something just feels right?

That’s how I feel about our vision for replicating small Turning Leaf centers across South Carolina.

But it wasn’t a clear-cut decision. In fact, I soul searched for much of last year to land here. See, going into 2019 we had another plan to scale. That strategy involved growing our Charleston site into a large reentry center, enrolling 150 men a year. I’d always had a vision of running a large reentry center. A two-story building, multiple classrooms, a state-of-the-art training and conference room. The hustle and bustle of the day. That’s a vision I’d been working towards for years.                                

Nearing the end of 2018, we started making moves to make that dream a reality. I hired two new staff. Adam came on board to handle job placement and screen-printing sales. Blue joined us as a recruiter to get more men in the door. We were right on track heading into 2019. The only thing left to do was ramp up enrollment. Blue recruited and we waited. He recruited some more and we waited some more. But the spike in phone calls and assessments and first days in the classroom never came. Sure, we saw new faces, but it became pretty clear pretty fast that we weren’t going to come anywhere close to hitting enrollment numbers needed to grow into a large reentry organization without compromising our program model. Damn.

My dream of that large reentry center started fading away.

I took the spring and summer of 2019 to re-evaluate the future of Turning Leaf. It was a critical decision, and I didn’t know which way to go. Lack of clarity is not a good look for me. My brain operates best in execution mode, with a clear vision and an actionable plan. Instead, I drifted through part of last year, trying to reconcile my vision of the large reentry center with the reality that Charleston doesn’t have a dense enough population of men returning home from prison to make it a reality. It was a difficult time for me.

Conversations and meditation, dream boards and letters to myself, back of the napkin diagrams and pen to paper goal setting ultimately led me to two choices. The first option was that we grow our Charleston location into a training center for other organizations doing reentry work around the state and country. We would still work with a small group of men coming home from prison, but organizational growth would be focused on training in our cognitive behavioral curriculum and best practices in how to deliver effective reentry services. I liked the idea. It spoke to my interests and my strengths. I love to create and to train.  I love to test new content and share it with others. I love the idea of elevating the quality of reentry services across the country. It fit with my vision of running a large center. I was leaning hard in this direction. It sounded fun and rewarding and…well…easy.

Or…we could replicate small Turning Leaf reentry centers around South Carolina. We could create a statewide network of reentry. Men coming home from prison all over the state would have the option to get help after their release. And because we’d be enrolling a lot more men, we could evaluate the program. Really evaluate it. And then, we could take the model nationally. We’d have a chance to become the first McDonald’s of prison reentry. People coming home from prison in every state across the country could benefit from what we’re doing here in Charleston. We could leave a legacy. We could be a game changer. But it would be a lot more work, and a lot less fun. Just straight up grinding and raising money and selling the program the hard way. It didn’t speak to my interests or my strengths. Operations, fundraising, managing people and money. Grant reporting and board meetings and budgets. Ugh. And an evaluation means truly knowing if the program works. Most social service agencies spend their entire lifetime only believing that they’re making an impact, but never really knowing. Knowing is a scary and vulnerable place to be. This was the riskier and harder option.

One of the things we teach our Turning Leaf students is to make life decisions not based on what feels good today, but on where you want to go in the future. We help our men understand that reaching long-term goals always requires the sacrifice of immediate gratification. Creating. Training. Fun. Easy. Operations. Fundraising. Risky. Difficult. Where do I want to end up? What do I want to leave behind? Which choice leaves me with no regrets? This was my soul searching of last year. Nobody would have judged me for going with option #1. Nobody would have seen this as my easy way out. But I would have known.

Instead I took my desire to create and train and put it on a shelf. I took my desire to work with other reentry groups across the country and stored it away. Not forever, just for now. I made the decision to replicate across the state. I doubled down on Turning Leaf. I doubled down on what I know is already the best reentry organization in the country. We’re small, but we’re the best. That means we’re the best chance this country has right now to reform our approach to prison reentry programming. That’s a privilege and a responsibility I take very, very seriously.

The coolest thing happened after I fully committed to option #2. The vision of my large reentry center reconciled. Our Charleston site will be a large center one day. But it won’t be large because we’re going to enroll a lot of men coming home from prison. And it won’t be large because we’re going to be training other groups across the country in our curriculum and best practices. It’s going to be large because it will be our home base and training center for all the other Turning Leaf sites around the state and country. The puzzle piece in my mind finally locked into place.

When I first started working on Turning Leaf in 2012, I remember thinking all the time, “I just want the opportunity.” I wanted the opportunity to see if I could start the project. To see if I could make it successful. To prove that we could do better to help people coming out of prison. I didn’t even care if I failed. I just wanted to be given the chance to make the vision in my head a reality. After a few years of funding and support, the thought eventually faded away. I had been given the opportunity and I made the most of it. There is literally not a single day I walk into Turning Leaf that I don’t feel incredibly lucky and grateful. 

But that thought has now come back top of mind. I find myself driving down the road, or looking out the window or cooking dinner, and thinking, “I just want the opportunity.” I want the opportunity to prove that we can replicate this project in a new city with the same outcomes. That I can find another staff who is as good as this one. That we can create the first McDonald’s of reentry. I don’t even care if I fail. I just want the opportunity.

Having the opportunity requires that I raise money. I’m making calls to our state legislators and driving to Columbia and sending emails to our political leaders pleading the case for funding a Turning Leaf statewide replication. I’m arguing for state fiscal responsibility. For choosing Turning Leaf as the bargain option over the cost of prison and the cost of crime. It’s hard for me to cold call and cold email and directly ask our political leaders for state money and support. But it’s not about me. It may work and it may not, but it won’t be because I didn’t ask.

As the first month of the new year ends, I remind myself, “the days are long, but the years are short.” So true. I’m making the most of my days over here at Turning Leaf and I hope you are too. I’ll stay in touch as we make progress, face new challenges, find partners, change plans, and dig deep.