Press Release


Starting Point Joins The Difference Principle Network of Social Justice Nonprofits


Milwaukee, WI, January 1, 2016:  Starting Point, Inc., the Greater Milwaukee Area’s premier youth-focused substance abuse prevention and intervention organization, has joined The Difference Principle, Inc.’s network of Social Justice nonprofit organizations.  The Difference Principle will provide administrative and back office support to Starting Point, allowing Starting Point to more effectively deploy their resources to fulfil their mission of building healthy communities through innovative substance abuse prevention and intervention services.

Starting Point has been delivering pioneering alcohol, drug, and tobacco prevention services to the Ozaukee County community since 1975.  Services delivered include school-based prevention curricula, AODA assessments, educational groups for parents and youth, crisis intervention, and various opportunities and alternatives for justice-involved individuals.

Starting Point leads a variety of community-based awareness and prevention efforts, including Ozaukee County’s Red Ribbon Campaign and the Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force.  In 2016, Starting Point will open its first Sober Living House in Saukville, WI, providing a safe and substance-free living environment for individuals in the early phases of their sobriety journey.

The Difference Principle is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization that serves as the parent company for a network of social justice focused nonprofit organizations.  By providing administrative oversight, fiscal management, human resources, IT, fund development, and contract management services, The Difference Principle will create opportunities for Starting Point’s executive management team to focus on enhancing and expanding the extraordinary impact the agency has on the people and communities of the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Others members of The Difference Principle network include criminal justice organization JusticePoint, policy/research entity Justice Initiatives Institute, and disability law firm Third Coast Legal.

For more information on Starting Point, visit  For more information on The Difference Principle, visit