A B O U T
One Eighty began out of the testimony of Rusty Boruff, the founder, who spent many years as a homeless addict and eventually found himself sitting in cell 121. He spent a year of his life behind bars and met Jesus there. After his release, Rusty and a few friends bought a trailer for $500 to house men coming out of incarceration. One Eighty became an official nonprofit in 2009 and Rusty resigned from leadership in 2022. One Eighty is now led by a dynamic executive team of Dakotah Smith (Director of Operations), Jenny Halupnik (Director of Engagement) and Carmen Fish (Director of Finance).
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.
Vision: Every Quad Citian engaged in healthy community, living free of crisis, poverty and addiction.
Mission: One Eighty equips people facing crisis, poverty and addiction to invest in healthy relationships, overcome barriers to freedom, and encounter a life of hope in Christ.
Our work falls into three primary areas: