THE ASID ARIZONA NORTH CHAPTER has
received the ASID 2016 CHAPTER COMMUNITY
SERVICE AWARD for the revitalization of Toby
House, an adult residential treatment center housed
in a historical home in central Phoenix.
In the 1960s, a movement to deinstitutionalize
the mentally ill gained popularity and led to many
patients being released into the community without access to resources or support for their illness.
Toby Citron addressed this problem by opening the
first Toby House in 1973 with donations from citizens,
businesses, and the community. Citron envisioned a
home where people with mental illness would receive
support, health care, education, skill-building, and the
training they need to successfully transition into society. Still operating today, the central Phoenix Toby
House helps as many as 16 residents, who receive
housing, counseling, and medication as they transition from in-patient care to independent living.
The Toby House revitalization project required
plenty of manual labor and cleaning, and the chapter worked over a weekend with the help of the
ASID Phoenix College Student Chapter to complete
the transformation. ASID Arizona North Chapter
designers and industry partners donated the furnishings and labor to make this facility more like
home to its residents.
Volunteers thoroughly cleaned the fireplace,
repainted the firebox, and added a faux finish to
the fireplace surround. In the sunroom, the team
repainted the muntins, reupholstered benches, and
added plants and window blinds. Fresh paint and
new curtains made the café feel brand new, while
fresh furniture, lighting, and a plasma television
gave the community room the boost it needed to
become the central meeting place of the home.
Although chapter members were not allowed to
interact with Toby House staff or residents, they
did receive positive feedback via a video taken at
the reveal of the refreshed space. Residents com-
mented that the house “looks 100 percent better,
maybe even 1,000 percent.”