Community partnerships with restaurants have always been prevalent in the philanthropic-centric industry, and some organizations take those relationships further by establishing non-profit eateries themselves. With the helping hands of industry professionals, it can be the perfect way to provide job skills training and jobs to those in need, while raising funds for the organization.
Proceeds from TurnAround benefit the city’s Clean & Sober Homeless Recovery Communities, which supports those seeking recovery or in the early stages of their sobriety, providing treatment and housing – and now the opportunity to learn basic job skills.
The shop’s development was spearheaded by Antoinette deVere White, who is on the board of the founding organization and is the mother of well-known Sacramento restaurateurs, Henry and Simon deVere White, who were recruited to assist in getting the coffee shop up and running. The brothers run two bustling Irish pubs in Sacramento and Davis and a large sports-themed full-service restaurant – all of which have opened in the past five years.
“Our parents did so much to help get us going, and my mom really has put everything into getting this place open – she’s so passionate about it, said Henry deVere White. “We just had to do what we could to help out.”