8 West is an innovative program with a foundation based on the simple premise of providing “hope” and opportunity. We not only help homeless youth to re-discover what it means to have hope, but the long-term impact of our “homeless to hopeful” model also results in positive, deeply recursive effects throughout the community.


8 West is a novel job training program where homeless youth work together to handcraft and market a premium line of bath, shower and spa products. Developing useful skills and learning to become “employable”. Cultivating a clear sense of responsibility, accountability and work ethic. And, most of all, restoring what it means to have hope.


Through the Urban Street Angels supportive housing program, homeless youth live together in independent-living facilities with the guidance of a house manager, and the backing of an organization that believes in them. Recovering a sense of worth and purpose. Learning to trust others AND themselves. And above all else, making a difference.

The chance to find myself again, to get off the streets with 8 West is something I think about every single day. I don’t know where I’d be without this opportunity. It's crazy. I feel like a different person.

Dustin, 8 West Artisan

Without 8 West, I'd be lost. I’m pretty sure I'd be dead or in jail. This program has been a blessing and a hand in helping me improve my life. I've never been this excited for the future.

Rob, 8 West Artisan

Working with 8 West has opened my eyes to the struggle in the homeless community. Seeing people around me working and taking advantage of a great opportunity to better themselves has been an inspiration to me. It’s a great experience and one that has helped me personally grow as an individual.

Taimur, 8 West Artisan

Our Token of Hope

8 West is all about helping homeless youth restore hope for the future. When you buy 8 West soap, you make a real difference in their lives. You provide financial support for a program that helps young people transition from homeless to hopeful. And in the process, you bring the finest bath, shower and spa products into your home (or the home of your loved ones)!

That’s why our bars of soap were originally packaged with a special Token of Hope, stamped with our logo in copper or bronze and hung from hemp twine that was wearable as a necklace or wrap bracelet. Our new packaging doesn’t include a Token of Hope, but its design represents an important step in our updated vision of expanding 8 West’s retail footprint across the U.S. However, every once in a while, we process an order that includes a limited edition Token of Hope in the package. At 8 West, it represents a reminder of the past, and hope for the future …


August 1, 2017


August 1, 2017


August 1, 2017


August 1, 2017