Break­ing the cy­cle of home­less­ness

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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.

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