John Turnipseed


Hope 360 Storyteller – John Turnipseed spent his childhood battling demons brought on by a volatile, abusive father. This intimate true story delivers a painfully relevant portrait of one man’s struggle to heal from his father’s rage and find redemption from his own violent history. “Turnipseed” hits a raw nerve in today’s society and touches close to home for anyone who hopes for a redemptive reconnection between father and family. Feel free to email John if you want prayer or encouragement.

The story of Urban Ventures

Twenty-three years ago, Urban Ventures planted roots into a stretch of Lake Street known as “Crack Alley.” Nowhere in the city was there a heavier concentration of drug addiction, gang activity and prostitution. Nowhere else were more kids dropping out of high school and more single moms left to lead families without fathers.

We knew there was a lot to do. We knew it wouldn’t be easy. We got together with our neighbors and we got to work. We never gave up. Almost a quarter century later, we‘re winning. Today, “Crack Alley” is gone. The Colin Powell Leadership Center anchors a ten-building campus that provides thousands of families with a safe place to learn and grow. Urban Ventures’ holistic approach is celebrated as a national model for breaking the cycle of poverty.

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