Breaking the cycle of homelessness
What do e s The L o rd’s Place do?
The Lord’s Place is one of the leading agencies in Palm Beach Count y providing services to homeless men, women, children and families across nine campuses. We meet people where they are on their journey and provide housing, job training and placement, life-skills training and links to clinical, legal and government assistance programs needed to help the formerly homeless individual or family overcome the challenges that led to their homelessness as they transition into selfsufficiency. How does your agency benefit the community?
The Lord’s Place, in partnership with local governments and sister agencies, i s dedic ate d to bre a ki ng the cycle of homelessness, which is a complex issue with unique circumstances and challenges for each person or family. As a result, the individualized, in-depth assistance provided by The Lord’s Place under caring and accountable circumstances is highly successful in transitioning those homeless to self-sufficienc y. In 2017, The Lord’s Place provided housing for 347 individuals; job training for 297 clients with 105 receiving job offers; re-entry services for 150 men and women; and outreach and engagement services to 269 individuals. At the end of the year, 95 percent of clients were no longer homeless. What i s your a ge nc y ’s focus for the future?
The Lord’s Place Strategic Plan calls for increased supportive housing while expanding affordable and The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community. Our aim is to provide programs that assist our clients in finding their unique path, which leads to a place called home. The Lord’s Place is a nonsectarian, social impact 501(c)(3) organization that, for over 30 years, has been changing the lives of families and individuals experiencing homelessness. graduate housing options by participating in and advocating for community-based housing; and to provide job training and employment services to high-risk populations, including men and women re t ur ni ng to t he community from incarceration. We will increase our social enterprise program to expand transitional work opportunities for clients. We will expand and increase awareness of our outreach and engagement programs to the homeless and enhance our ability to link them with appropriate social services and benefits. We will continue to reduce recidivism of those entering the community following incarceration as a leader in the reentry movement. Further, we will create an effective clinical department to support the complex behavioral health needs of our clients and enhance and strengthen our services and programs for youth and children. How can the community help?
The community can support The Lord’s Place mission through volunteering at one of our nine campuses, providing jobs or job leads for our clients, making donations to our thrift store, making financial donations or including us in estate planning, participating in our annual SleepOut on April 6 and sponsoring or attending our annual Ending Homelessness Breakfast. An urgent need is for transitional independent housing for graduates of our programs which could be provided by individuals, civic and faith-based organizations who can offer a home or apartment building for this use.