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July 9, 2020

A Stronger Community through Stronger Families: Our Partnership with Jacksonville’s Youth Crisis Center

Here at Industry West, we’ve mentioned before the importance of starting in our own backyards when it comes to change and bringing about good in the world. As a furniture company, we have a unique ability to share resources with those in need—yes, through monetary donations, but also through providing furnishings that can solve problems for organizations in need—and can help them make their spaces more beautiful along the way.

We recently partnered with the Jacksonville’s Youth Crisis Center (YCC) to furnish their new House of Hope building, a short-term residential housing space for youth experiencing homelessness and other emergency situations. In fact, many of the young people that will use this facility are referred from JASMYN, a local-to-us organization that serves mainly LGBTQIA+ youth that are experiencing homelessness (and we are proud to have partnered with them in the past!).

The YCC was founded in 1974 as Florida’s first runaway program, and provides care for those who have been exposed to trauma such as divorce, homelessness, loss of life, relocation, bullying and abuse. They provide services for children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families with the mission of building a healthier community by empowering young people and families to rise above adversity, serving over 2,000 youths and families each year.

Sofa and lounge chair at the Youth Crisis Center House of Hope in JacksonvilleSofa and lounge chair at the Youth Crisis Center House of Hope in Jacksonville

Industry West chairs and tables at the Youth Crisis Center dining area in JacksonvilleIndustry West chairs and tables at the Youth Crisis Center dining area in Jacksonville
Blue lounge chair and side table at the Youth Crisis Center House of HopeBlue lounge chair and side table at the Youth Crisis Center House of Hope

Green and blue dining chairs with lounge chair in the background at the Youth Crisis Center House of HopeGreen and blue dining chairs with lounge chair in the background at the Youth Crisis Center House of Hope

The House of Hope was a three-year renovation project that began in 2017 and will open this summer. Formerly a detention center, the space had been left unused for many years before the idea to provide a shorter-term, emergency homeless shelter came to life.

Industry West provided furnishings for the House of Hope’s common areas, which includes two living room spaces and a dining hall with colorful chairs. Our team thoughtfully selected pieces that would help lend a feeling of comfort and safety to the space, but would also hold up for years of use. The common areas are connected to nine individual single-occupancy rooms, each decorated in its own style by a sponsor family or company. The House of Hope is truly a labor of love and a beautiful fruit of community partnerships and generosity.

“The Youth Crisis Center is extremely proud to have a wonderful partnership with Industry West,” said Pete Hicks, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Youth Crisis Center. “As a nonprofit organization serving greater Northeast Florida, we depend on companies and organizations' generosity to continue to make a difference in the communities we serve.”