It is with great sadness that we are announcing the closure of Ashbury Images, effective June 1. This has been an extremely difficult decision to make, but one that is necessary to preserve the mission of New Door Ventures, the youth development nonprofit organization that operates Ashbury Images.
New Door provides paid, meaningful work, professional skills training, and case management to hundreds of Bay Area youth every year who are experiencing barriers to employment. The internship program that has operated within Ashbury has provided jobs and education to upwards of 500 young people- all while juggling the day-to-day challenges and demands of running a small business. With the challenges of COVID-19 and the highly uncertain fundraising and retail environments, the cost of operating and supporting Ashbury Images no longer tenable.
We know that the impact of this decision will be felt by you, our devoted customers and donors, as well as our extraordinary and dedicated staff. For nearly 30 years Ashbury Images has been a model of how a business can enact social change. It is also an integral part of the New Door origin story: the opening of Ashbury Images in 1990 as a place for clients to have meaningful work experiences clarified the organization’s mission and the belief that one job can change a life. Reflecting on the multitude of experiences, stories, and personalities that have shaped Ashbury Images over its history is both remarkable and humbling, We’ve produced hundreds of thousands of garments and swag items and proudly serviced thousands of loyal customers. We’ve striven to create beautiful, custom goods while creating opportunities for our youth. We take pride in that.
Please use this FAQ as a resource for further information, and feel free to email us with any questions that are not addressed. Your stories and well wishes are welcome, too. Thank you to all of our staff, our interns, and to you: our customers, and the community that has grown around us and continued to support what we do.
Wade, Stanley, and the Ashbury Staff
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