Departure Day: The Lord’s Place prepares to fly to new heights and return ‘home for good’
Community will bid farewell to current campus in preparation for building three times the size
Departure Day–The Lord’s Place staff, volunteers, community leaders, supporters, and friends will gather on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 2808 North Australian Avenue to say goodbye to the current campus and prepare to reach new heights, building a 25,000-square-foot client service center.
Attendees, clad in hard hats and The Lord’s Place t-shirts, swinging the first hammers to demolish the structure, spray painting decorative messages of hope, encouragement, and future dreams on the walls. Final renderings of the new building will be revealed–enlarged and on display. Executive leadership team and board members will be available for interviews.
Hidden in the shadows of Palm Beach County’s paradise is the reality that on any given night there are an estimated 3,000 men, women, and children who do not have a safe place to call home. For more than 40 years, The Lord’s Place has been finding solutions for the most vulnerable members of our community.
In a bold effort to fulfill its mission and break the cycle of homelesses for an increased number of individuals, the agency launched a $15 million campaign, Home for Good, in 2019.
The multifaceted campaign is allowing The Lord’s Place to expand services, increase housing, and sustain funding to ensure more individuals and families get Home for Good. The expansion includes the construction of a campus almost three times the size of the current structure. The Lord’s Place is committed to increasing its supportive housing inventory so that more people will have a place to call home. A sustainability fund will provide necessary resources for the agency’s future. Surpassing the original fundraising goal, $18.75 million has been raised.
The new two-story building, designed by birse/thomas architects and brought to life by AMC Construction, will remain in the same location on Australian Avenue in the heart of West Palm Beach, FL. The “right sizing” of the main campus will bring the plethora of services for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness under one roof–providing training and support services for the nearly 1,700 clients a year experiencing homelessness. Mindful of the changes in the work environment of our post-pandemic world, the space will provide flexible, multi-use offices that create multiple in-person and virtual interactions.
Departure Day on July 8, 2021, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM is a celebration of the exit from the current building and relocation of staff to begin demolition. Physical demolition will take place later in July, and construction is targeted for completion in early 2023. During construction, staff and programs from the main campus will be relocated to nearby and neighboring facilities. Click here for the full relocation plan.
Departure Day is open to The Lord’s Place staff, volunteers, community leaders, supporters, and friends. RSVP: email@example.com with name of attendees and shirt sizes.
2808 North Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Cara Scarola Hansen
The Lord’s Place Public Relations Counsel
About The Lord’s Place
For more than 40 years, The Lord’s Place has been working to break the cycle of homelessness for men, women, and children in Palm Beach County, FL, through innovative, compassionate and effective services. It provides supportive and graduate housing at ten locations; operates social enterprises including three Joshua Thrift Stores, Joshua Catering, and Joshua Treasures; provides job training and placement services, clinical and care coordination, and community engagement services; and has a highly-successful reentry program helping men and women transitioning from incarceration. For more information visit thelordsplace.org.