About Us

Our Story

Steered Straight Thrift started out as a small, boutique store in front of our offices in January, 2020. With each passing day customers were visiting, buying, and donating items for us to raise money for our purpose. We quickly grew as our patrons learned more about our mission. In July, 2020 we opened our doors to a bigger location, on West College Street. From there we continued to expand. Our main location is currently at 845 Middle Tennessee in a supportive community we love to serve. Donations continued to flood in as word of mouth spread about our mission. These donations included furniture, which led us to open Steered Straight Too in March of 2022. We employ over 20 people from all different walks of life, each of us with a story of our own that drives us all to work hard at our common goal. We have volunteers come every day to help with our stores and move in the right direction. We work with 3 other charitable missions in this area to continue giving and passing it forward. Steered Straight has been so blessed with an outpouring of donations; we are able to help other charities and bless them. Our goal is to keep the blessings moving throughout Middle Tennessee and serve our neighbors to the best of our abilities. Steered Straight Family

The Steered Straight Mission:

To provide youth with real-life examples of negative consequences that resulted from making poor decisions. We strive to impact the minds of youth to steer their lives in positive ways and encourage them to make positive life-choices. Give kids the ability to develop a sense of understanding about the positive and negative choices in their lives. Reduce the number of youth who end up in the criminal justice system due to making poor decisions.

Our Supporters

Our amazing team of dedicated and selfless supporters has enabled us to become a leading expert in Prevention and Recovery nationwide. It is because of the donations we get all over the country from these amazing people who believe in our cause and want to do everything they can to help in anyway they can that we are able to do the work we do. We created a Recovery Army and began this War on Addiction. Click on the link below to find out how you can help , and become apart of our Recovery Army!!

Thrift store team infront of moving truck

The Steered Straight Family

Steered Straight, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing educational programs and materials to youth, families and communities across the country and around the world. We are a 100% Secular organization without any affiliation with any Church, religion, or any other organizations of any kind.

Employees

Lady in large red toy car inside store

Small black and white dog wearing pink clothing

Two ladies standing behind front desk of thrift store

Employees all posing while sitting on furniture in thrift store

Lady looking through clothing on clothing wrack

Employee holding up stuffed animal with other stuffed animals all around

Two ladies standing behind check out counter in thrift store

Employees posing for photo inside thrift store

Two employees fixing clothing on clothing wrack in thrift store

Managers

Amy Peterson

Jennifer Sanchez:
Regional Manager

Sara Hart:
Dual Store Manager

Heather Leslie:
Store Manager

Michael DeLeon:

Founder and CEO

Michael R. DeLeon, a successfully acclimated ex-offender who after nearly 8 years of drug addiction and gang involvement, spent 12 years in state prison and half-way houses for a gang-related homicide. Michael plead guilty in a very emotional and complicated case involving the murder of his own Mother by people tasked to kill him.

Since Michael’s release from prison, he has earned 3 Associates Degrees, a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Management, with a minor in Criminal Justice and a CADC Educational Certificate.