The Lord's Place

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness

aka The Lord's Place   |   West Palm Bch, FL   |  www.thelordsplace.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1983

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Diana Stanley

Main address

PO Box 3265

West Palm Bch, FL 33402 USA

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EIN

59-2240502

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Lord's Place aims to break the cycle of homelessness for individuals and families in Palm Beach County, Florida, by providing comprehensive supportive services such as supportive housing, employment and job training services, re-entry services, care coordination services, peer support, and homeless outreach/street engagement.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Housing

We provide housing to men, women and families, with an emphasis on the chronically homeless. We offer our clients a range of housing options, from supported housing to safe, affordable housing for program graduates. These clients also receive the wraparound services included below.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

At Cafe Joshua, our diverse programming includes intensive job-readiness training to assist clients in developing vocational and educational skills, which ultimately leads to their employment and self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Our core social enterprise businesses, Joshua Catering and Joshua Thrift, create a supportive environment where disadvantaged job seekers can have real-world experiences and overcome barriers to employment. The Lord’s Place continues to expand to additional social enterprises and partnerships throughout the community to help financially support agency programs.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Our trained case managers and peer specialists provide the following services:

Benefits Navigation: Access to resources such as health insurance, food stamps and Social Security Disability Assistance for those who have significant mental health or physical needs.

CARE Team: Wraparound care coordination for clients with intensive behavioral health, substance abuse and serious medical concerns.

Peer Specialists: Personalized engagement by peer specialists to build trust and ultimately encourage the transition to stable housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

We have a myriad of services to specifically meet the needs of those in or recently released from incarceration. These services are designed to break the cycle of homelessness and provide clients the tools they need to find housing, employment and sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

We provide services to clients in a supportive atmosphere based on specific gender needs through workshops and therapeutic services.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Through our specialized Youth Center, we work with children in a safe environment to stop intergenerational homelessness with mentoring, tutoring and pro-social activities to encourage scholarship, independence, responsibility and team-building.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Accreditations

Nonprofits First 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the number of service recipients employed declined due to the economic and employment crisis related to COVID-19.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This outcome is being reported by number of individuals rather than number of households.

Number of children and youth who have received access to stable housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Homeless people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lord's Place is aiming to prevent and end homelessness in Palm Beach County, Florida. Our organization has identified three broad goals that support this objective:

1 – Increase our Inventory of Housing
2 – Maximize our Café Joshua Job Training and Employment Services Program
3 – Expand the impact of our Homeless Outreach and Street Engagement Programs

The Lord's Place has identified the following strategies to achieve its goals:

Increase our Inventory of Housing

We continue to focus on increasing our inventory of housing to serve more local homeless families and individuals. Strategies to achieve this goal include: improving the management of our current inventory to maximize operational efficiencies in preparation of additional projects; researching additional housing opportunities, including affordable housing; and more comprehensively integrating the Housing First model into existing housing programs.

Maximize our Cafe Joshua Job Training and Employment Services Program

The Lord's Place's goal is to maximize our Cafe Joshua Employment Program. Strategies to achieve this goal include: broadening our target population to include homeless, formerly homeless and low-income individuals with barriers to employment; growing our current social enterprise businesses to train more jobseekers and generate additional revenue to be reinvested back into the agency; and implementing new best practices to promote long-term job retention among graduates that have transitioned to competitive employment.


Expand the Impact of our Research and Evaluation

The Lord's Place has established a dedicated Research and Evaluation Department to oversee the collection and analysis of data, track outcome measures, conduct program evaluation, and pursue research opportunities to strengthen our organization. Our goal is to expand the impact of the department by increasing program evaluation activities on existing programs and services; pursuing new opportunities to collaborate with local educational institutions on research studies; and securing more speaking engagements to share valuable information based on our extensive experience serving the homeless.

The Lord's Place is confident in its ability to achieve its goals. Our capabilities include a high-performing staff team, strong reputation in the community, well-established partnerships with leading funders and service providers, and a comprehensive fundraising campaign to support our mission.

The Lord's Place continues to make steady progress towards its goals. Below is a synopsis for each of the three goals identified above:

Increase our Inventory of Housing

Burckle Place, our 10-bed housing program designed exclusively for single homeless women, is in the midst of an expansion to build a new on-site facility that will provide affordable housing to program graduates. The expansion will double the capacity of the program and assist residents more effectively by offering graduated steps to independence and the opportunity to save money for their transition to community-based housing.

The Lord's Place is also in the midst of welcoming the inaugural group of residents into Halle Place, our new transitional housing program in West Palm Beach for women who are transitioning back into society after incarceration. The program, which increases our housing inventory by 14 units, offers critical support and assistance to ex-offender residents as they begin to rebuild their lives.

We are also anticipating the upcoming expansion of our Operation Home Ready Program, a scattered-site permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless individuals. With the support of a new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award, the program will increase its capacity to 35 participants.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People experiencing homelessness and criminal justice involvement.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to satisfaction surveys from our Job Readiness program, we have implemented a new Digital Literacy curriculum. Survey results showed that, even after our class, clients were not comfortable using a computer to find employment. In response, we dedicate increase time to teaching basic digital literacy skills in addition to job readiness skills.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Lord's Place

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Cornelia Thornburgh

Robert Norris

The Royal Poinciana Chapel, Senior Pastor

Jack Scarola

Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley PA

Diana Barrett

The Fledgling Fund, Founder and Community Leader

Theodore Deckert

Theodore A. Deckert P.A.

Kate Grangard

Gehring Group

Dean Lavalle

Park Avenue BBQ & Grille, Owner

Steven Malone

Attorney

Joyce McLendon

Community Leader

Cornelia Thornburgh

Community Leader

Robert Katzen

The Ithaka Group, CFO & CCO

Matthew Barnes

Toshiba Business Solutions, Executive

Robert Barrett

Florida Power & Light, VP of Finance

Ann Brown

Community Leader

Barbara Cheives

Converge & Associates Consulting, Owner

Michael Diaz

Driftwood Hospitality Management, COO, Principal

Cynthia Heathcoe

Contemporary Living, CEO

Jamie Niemie

Community Leader

Jamie Stern

Community Leader

Michael Stevens

Community Leader

Adrianne Weissman

Evelyn and Arthur, President

Pamela McIver

Community Leader

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.