Jeff Industries was started by a group of parents in the mid ’70s after a young man named Jeff committed suicide because, as he stated in the note he left, “I have no reason to wake up.” In those days there were no community-based programs that offered assistance to persons with mental illnesses. Jeff suffered from schizophrenia and after 7 years in a state hospital was returned to his elderly parents, who had no resources or knowledge about how to help him cope. As a result, Jeff Industries was formed to give adults with mental illness opportunities to be productive by building picnic tables, bicycle racks, and more. The Hypoluxo-based facility now offers a variety of vocational training based on an employment-based therapeutic rehabilitation model. The work center program now operates four non-profit affirmative enterprises: Sun Signs, Graphics & Woodworking Co., Tropical Sun Embroidery; Tropical Cleaning, and Café Maurice. The work center has received local, state, and national recognition and has been acclaimed as one of three statewide Mental Health Organizations.