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TORCH 180

Torch 180 - the most inclusive kitchen

Fowlerville, MI   |  https://www.torch180.org/

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Mission

Torch 180's Mission is to provide inclusive opportunities for effective vocational training, soft skills, and work experience for individuals with disadvantages. Torch 180's vision is to become the leader in innovative, contemporary, inclusive vocational training. We aim to achieve this by acquiring a variety of businesses to provide individuals with disadvantages real-world training, soft skills, and work experience, offering life-changing opportunities to better prepare them for meaningful employment. At Torch 180, we value diversity, inclusion, community, and collaboration.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & President

Rhonda Callahan

Main address

131 Mill St.

Fowlerville, MI 48836 USA

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EIN

47-4230792

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Torch 180 addresses the significant challenge faced by individuals with disabilities in securing and sustaining gainful employment. This demographic often encounters obstacles such as insufficient skills, lack of support, and inadequate training, which contribute to their struggle with poverty. Torch 180 tackles this issue by offering specialized hands-on training and inclusive work experiences tailored for employment in the food service industry. Through their cafe and coffee bar open to the public, Torch 180 provides a platform for students to receive practical training while serving customers. This approach not only equips individuals with the necessary skills but also fosters an inclusive environment where they can gain confidence and experience firsthand the demands of the job market. By addressing these barriers head-on, Torch 180 empowers individuals with disabilities to overcome challenges, achieve self-sufficiency, and pursue meaningful employment opportunities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Torch 180 Training

At Torch 180, we train individuals who have disabilities in basic culinary, food safety, and employability skills to help prepare them for work in the foodservice industry. We utilize our building to offer real-life foodservice industry practice and experience.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Michigan Career & Technical Institute 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of participants dropped significantly in 2021 as a direct result of COVID-19.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients reporting increased knowledge after educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of affiliates speaking at conferences

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of customers served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Torch 180 Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of customers who were served by our students.

Numbered of staff who are satisfied to be an employee of the institution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Empowerment: Torch 180 aims to empower individuals with disabilities by equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to pursue gainful employment in the food service industry.

2. Inclusivity: Our goal is to foster a culture of inclusivity where individuals of all abilities have equal access to vocational training and employment opportunities, thereby promoting diversity and social integration.

3. Skill Development: We strive to provide hands-on training that not only enhances skill competencies but also cultivates essential soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

4. Community Engagement: Our goal is to actively engage with the broader community, building partnerships and collaborations to create a supportive ecosystem that promotes the inclusion and advancement of individuals with disabilities.

5. Advocacy and Awareness: Torch 180 seeks to raise awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in the workforce and advocate for policies and practices that promote equal opportunities and accessibility.

1. Tailored Training Programs: Develop customized vocational training programs that cater to the unique needs and abilities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring that they receive instruction and support to enhance their employability.

2. Accessibility and Accommodation: Implement accessibility measures within our training facility and workplace to ensure that individuals of all abilities can fully participate in our programs. This includes providing assistive technologies, adaptive equipment, and accommodations as needed.

3. Inclusive Environment: Foster a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals with disabilities feel valued, respected, and empowered to succeed. This involves promoting diversity awareness, providing sensitivity training to staff and volunteers, and encouraging peer support and collaboration among participants.

4. Community Engagement: Actively engage with the local community to raise awareness about the capabilities and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. This may include hosting events, participating in community outreach programs, and collaborating with local businesses and organizations to promote inclusivity.

5. Partnership Building: Establish partnerships and collaborations with other stakeholders, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and businesses, to leverage resources and expertise in support of our mission. This may include joint programming, shared funding opportunities, and resource sharing to maximize our impact and reach.





How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TORCH 180

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Mary Kushner


Board co-chair

Mr. Oscar Amezquita

Pontiac General Hospital

Term: 2021 - 2024

Heather Paul

Former Teacher

Mary Kushner

Retired Teacher

Oscar Amezquita

Court Liaison, Pontiac General Hospital

Hank Vaupel

Retired DVM, Former State Representative

Valerie Baldus

Retired Consulting Project Manager

Michelle Spisz

Teacher, Fowlerville Schools

Clint Stevenson

Attorney, Gormley Law Office

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/16/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/10/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.