This is a menu of the topics on this page (click on any): The Lord's Place Programs The Family Shelter Program Cafe Joshua The Chef's Apprentice Program Joshua House The Lord's Place Stores The Food Pantry .
John and Angela Frisbie, Kathy Bihl, Carl House and Jane Tierney visited The Lord's Place for lunch on July 29 and found it to be a superb comprehensive program for assisting homeless people and families. It challenged our assumptions about the homeless and about social service programs in several profound ways.
We experienced a surprising example of this vision. As we finished lunch, we asked how we could pay or donate. We were told that no money changes hands for food service. After considerable reflection, it dawned on us that if we paid for lunch we would be establishing that we were different from the homeless people that Cafe Joshua was serving. By our being served on the same basis as the homeless, we and they were reminded of our kinship and no one was reminded that he or she was needy. This, to us, was a profound lesson in dignity.
Founded in 1981, The Lord's Place, Inc. is dedicated to restoring dignity and self-esteem to the homeless and committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. The Lord's Place and its programs provide housing, food, education and support services designed to promote self-sufficiency, self-reliance and a stable environment for families and individuals. Programs of The Lord's Place include the Boynton Beach Family Shelter, the West Palm Beach Family Shelter Complex, Cafe Joshua, Joshua House, the Chef's Apprentice Program, the Retail Apprentice Program, The Lord's Place Thrift and Gift Store and the Upscale Resale Store. Administrative offices are located at 2808 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach. For more information about the programs, please call (561) 494-0125. Click here for The Lord's Place Website
The Lord's Place Programs
The Lord's Place is a non-profit, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) organization
established and maintained in recognition of the community's moral
obligation to assist its disadvantaged members and dedicated to restoring
dignity and self-esteem to the homeless. The Lord's Place is committed to
breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing housing,
food, education and support services designed to promote
self-sufficiency, self-reliance and a stable environment for families and
The Family Shelter Program
The Family Shelter Program provides emergency and transitional shelter
for homeless families with children. There are two locations, in Boynton
Beach and West Palm Beach, each with support services designed to address
the issues that lead to the family's homelessness. Units are fully
furnished, and food is provided through an on-site pantry. Families work
with staff to develop a service plan and budget for saving money. Life
skills seminars for adults, and tutoring for children, are offered.
Families turn in approximately 75% of their income to be placed in a
savings account, with all funds returned at the end of their stay to
secure their own housing.
Cafe Joshua, a "reservations-only" restaurant for the homeless, offers
case management and more than twenty personal support services to equip
individuals with the tools needed to become productive members of
society. Potential "guests," referred by community agencies, are
interviewed by a case manager who identifies personal issues and needs to
be addressed. More than a feeding program, guests are served a meal
prepared by a certified chef at tables graced with linen, silverware and
flowers. Volunteer servers and table companions offer support and
encouragement. Empowerment programs include intensive case management,
job listings, interview/application/resume assistance, voicemail access,
life-skills seminars, on-site AA and NA meetings, vision & dental
referrals, legal clinic, GED workbooks and practice tests, computer
tutorials, haircuts and personal care products.
The Chef's Apprentice Program
The Chef's Apprentice Program was created to help break the cycle of
homelessness by providing homeless individuals an opportunity to learn
marketable skills and the training necessary to find gainful employment.
The 12-week Chef's Apprentice Program is open to qualified individuals at
no cost. Individuals are chosen from our existing client base or referred
by agencies we work with. Participants learn basic cooking skills, food
preparation and food safety. The program also provides participants with
hands-on-training by giving them the responsibility for planning and
preparing daily meals and learning all the aspects of the restaurant
business such as ordering supplies and staff management. Additionally,
the participants receive basic tools such as a set of knives and proper
uniform. Participants receive case management to ensure they will finish
the 12-week program. Once particpants finish the training, they are
required to take the Florida Department of Professional Regulation test
in order to work in the food service industry. The Lord's Place also
offers job placement through a network of local hotels and restaurants.
Joshua House is a safe, supportive transitional home for homeless men
dealing with substance abuse issues. The program provides long-term,
comprehensive care as part of a daily recovery program. Residents receive
luncheon reservations at Cafe Joshua and participate in its restorative
and empowerment programs.
The Lord's Place Stores
The Lord's Place Stores serve as job training sites, employing formerly
homeless individuals. Many families arrive at The Lord's Place in need of
job skills and work experience; others come in need of clothing,
furniture and household items. The Lord's Place Thrift & Gift Store was
created out of these needs. Families are allowed to volunteer and earn
store credit to purchase items instead of having to accept charity.
As added benefit, all proceeds go directly to the operating costs of the
Family Shelter Program.
The Food Pantry
The Food Pantry provides food assistance to families residing at our
shelters. Food Pantries are located at both the West Palm Beach and
Boynton Beach Family Shelters. Residents are able to chose from a wide
variety of foods when making their weekly grocery lists. For those not
residing at either shelter, referrals are made to programs including food
stamps and SHARE. The Food Pantry is stocked in cooperation with the
Daily Bread Food Bank, WPTV's Food for Families, USDA and through the
generous donations of other organizations and individuals.
All services are provided free of charge. Hope is restored and lives are changed when the homeless are treated with dignity and welcomed into a caring supportive community.