A B O U T
One Eighty began out of the testimony of Rusty Boruff, the founder. Rusty spent many years as a homeless addict who eventually found himself sitting in cell 121. He spent a year of his life behind bars and met Jesus there. He began dreaming about starting an organization to help people in his position. A few years later, he and a few friends bought a trailer for $500 and began what we now know as One Eighty.
In just a short time, One Eighty has experienced incredible growth. Through the faithful dedication of a small staff and a lot of volunteers, God has taken us from that small trailer to an entire city block of properties in the west central part of Davenport, Iowa, with hundreds of volunteers participating in initiatives ranging from school-based ministries to jail outreach to a residential program. These initiatives and the partnerships with local school districts, governments and police departments have allowed us to make a real impact in our community.
One Eighty exists to bring hope, love and opportunity to people and communities impacted by crisis, poverty, or addiction.
One Eighty prevents crisis, poverty, and addiction before it happens, reaches out to those who are in crisis, poverty, and addiction and develops those who were in crisis, poverty, and addiction. We do this by helping people build a relationship with Jesus Christ and assisting local churches and organizations to connect with their communities.