Our Story

400+

jobs created

$200M

community impact

50+

community partners

300+

customers

What if we could create a for-profit business focused on addressing some of the most pressing social challenges in our community- issues stemming from generational poverty, substance abuse, mental-health challenges, incarceration, etc.? What if we could create a model that was not dependent on grant subsidies or philanthropy but instead leverage the market demand for specific services to generate profitable revenue that, in turn, could be reinvested into the mission?

In late 2011, a handful of investors pulled together nearly $300,000, a small fund, to create a new social enterprise in Central Ohio focused on addressing these key strategic questions. In January 2012 CleanTurn launched with a focus on six distinct business lines. Early on there was a lot of overlap operationally as we focused on pursuing opportunities that created the most value with respect to our mission. At the end of our first year we cut two of our business lines and decided to focus on the four that were the most profitable and most compatible with our mission at that time.

CleanTurn provides an array of supportive services but our primary focus is creating the platform for individuals to realize their potential as human beings. We are focused on creating the nurturing and loving community and family culture that encourages and fosters a lifestyle characterized by resilience, integrity and healthy decisions. Our culture of high expectations and and strong accountability is not for the faint of heart but we have also created the systems necessary for rewarding and celebrating personal and professional development and growth.

Meet Our Team

John Rush, CleanTurn, Columbus, Ohio

John Rush

President & CEO

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on changing the paradigm of how we think about the relationship between business and the social sector. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on creating small businesses focused on creating employment for men and women formerly impacted by homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges.

John Rush | President & CEO

John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on changing the paradigm of how we think about the relationship between business and the social sector. After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on creating small businesses focused on creating employment for men and women formerly impacted by homelessness, incarceration, human trafficking, domestic violence and other challenges.

Over the last decade, John has served on several non-profit boards and assisted with the creation and/or growth of nearly thirty social enterprises in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus. In 2011 a handful of interested investors recruited John to help launch CleanTurn. CleanTurn launched in January 2012 and has since that time become one of Central Ohio's leading social enterprises. CleanTurn has provided over 300 training and employment opportunities and created a social and economic return of over twenty-million dollars in Central Ohio.

John currently serves on the board of Columbus Area Integrated Health Services and Catholic Social Services and was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the Office of Enterprise Development for the State of Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. John is a former candidate for Columbus City Council and actively engaged in public policy issues related to small businesses and social services.

John holds five Master's degrees focused on urban studies, religion, history, non-profit management and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.

James Schoenfeld, CleanTurn, Columbus, Ohio

James Schoenfeld

Director of Finance & Administration

Jimmy received his Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jimmy spent several years working and serving with faith-based organizations in Rome, Italy and New York City, where he focused on community development, education and spiritual enrichment. Jimmy is responsible for CleanTurn's finance and administration needs.

James Schoenfeld | Director of Finance & Administration

Jimmy received his Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jimmy spent several years working and serving with faith-based organizations in Rome, Italy and New York City, where he focused on community development, education and spiritual enrichment. Jimmy is responsible for CleanTurn's finance and administration needs.

Sheila Kendrick, CleanTurn, Columbus, Ohio

Sheila Kendrick

HR/ Office Manager

Sheila Kendrick studied Business Administration at Ohio Dominican University. For the past nine years, Sheila has managed the on-boarding of office and volunteer staff as well as focused on operations, project management, leadership development and strategic planning as a staff member of her church.

Sheila Kendrick | HR/ Office Manager

Sheila Kendrick studied Business Administration at Ohio Dominican University. For the past nine years, Sheila has managed the on-boarding of office and volunteer staff as well as focused on operations, project management, leadership development and strategic planning as a staff member of her church. She also serves on the board of directors of the Bumblebeez mentoring program which provides young ladies with resources and information to combat social and emotional issues using practical life skills.

3rd Anual Passion Purpose Profit Conference Educating and empowering the business community to offer employment opportunities to those coming from challenging backgrounds (Friday, September 22, 2017)