Jeff Industries, Inc. ® 115 East Coast Ave.Hypoluxo,FL 33462
Jeff Industries' Mission is to improve people's lives by pioneering services that sustain effective mental health.The agency is dedicated to creating research-driven, life improvement services for persons and their families who experience the effects of severe and persistent mental illness and those with coexisting secondary disorders as well as at-risk youth and families.
Jeff Industries, Inc. is a nonprofit organization (501c3)
Jeff Industries was started by a group of parents and is the result of a grass roots effort. In the mid 1970's, a young man named Jeff was about to graduate from college when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to the State Mental Hospital. He spent seven years in the hospital prior to being released to his elderly parents, not because he was better, but because a lawsuit determined the state hospital was a bad place. Jeff moved back in to his boyhood bedroom in Delray Beach where he would continue to exhibit the same serious symptoms of mental illness that put him in the hospital. One day a month his dad would take him from his room to the South County Mental Health Center to see his doctor. The doctor would spend the allotted twenty minutes with him, give him a prescription for medication and reschedule him for the next month. One morning his dad knocked on Jeff's bedroom door to gather him for his next doctor's appointment when he heard a gunshot. Jeff put a gun in his mouth, pulled the trigger and killed himself. Jeff left a note stating, " I have no reason to wake up." At that time there were no (zero) community-based programs in place that assisted persons with mental illnesses in getting on with their lives and integrating them into the mainstream community. In 1983 Jeff Industries was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) agency by his parents/grass roots Board of Directors. Jeff Industries, Inc. was created to fill a need for meaningful community-based programs that assisted mentally ill persons in the transition from hospital to the community. Adults with serious mental illnesses were given the opportunity to be productive and to increase self-esteem by building picnic tables and bike racks, etc. This program helped ease these individuals back into the community and gave them " a reason to wake up".
Over the years, the program blossomed into a regarded multi-faceted, vocational training and employment oriented therapeutic rehabilitation center. The adult work center offers paid training and employment opportunities through Tropical Sun Enterprises (i.e. bakery cafe': embroidery and fabric printing; CNC routed and sandblasted signs; vinyl lettering; large format digital printing; general construction and woodworking; janitorial services) as well as, job placement services. The work/vocational center has received Local, State and National recognition, and has been recognized as one of only three state-wide mental health organizations for use of Best Practices by the National Alliance on Mental illness (Nami).
The AMIGOS Drop-in Center was established in 1988 (NAMI) to provide social and recreational activities, as well as counseling, advocacy, peer support and assistance to clients to learn self-advocacy and how to navigate community resource systems.
The Ed Venture Charter School (School to Work High School), a project of Jeff Industries, Inc., was established as the first Charter School in Palm Beach County in 1997 per the request of the School District after a successful seven year (1989-1996) pilot project for mental health involved youth. The School serves handicapped youth between the ages of 15 and 22 years who are deemed unsuitable for mainstream school programming and have been unsuccessful in other programs. It offers a multi-faceted approach designed to educate and shape appropriate behavior, teaching employability skills, work habits and other survival skills to allow them a successful transition into community-based living and employment.
The Palm Haven Housing Project was completed in 2001. It is the result of a three-year vocational training program by EdVenture Charter School students and Jeff Industries, Inc. adult participants. Currently, it offers permanent, supportive and affordable housing for 10 adults with mental illnesses.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.
We comply with the Americans with Disability Act. Persons needing special accommodations to attend meetings should notify the agency at least 7 days in advance of the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made whenever possible.
We promote equal accessibility to agency programs and services facilitated through our Limited English Proficiency and Auxiliary Aids plans.