Community Engagement Services
The Lord’s Place’s Community Engagement Services are a critical component of its strategy to break the cycle of homelessness in Palm Beach County. The program conducts regular outreach at prominent parks and other areas frequently visited by the homeless community, on-call deployment to assist those who are in need, and informational outreach to local businesses that may interface with persons experiencing homelessness. It also provides community resource referral and coordination to a variety of local partner agencies.
The Lord’s Place’s effective approach to community engagement stems from its use of trained peer specialists, who use their personal recovery history and shared experience with clients to quickly establish trust and rapport. The model is widely recognized as an evidence-based practice, and is endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Mental Health America.
The Lord’s Place’s Community Engagement Services are particularly capable in connecting vulnerable and marginalized chronically homeless adults to stable housing. Our goal is to slowly and organically build an authentic rapport with them, taking care to remove barriers and/or demands that have traditionally alienated them. This strategy is based on a client-centered and flexible approach.
The Lord’s Place provided outreach and engagement services to 269 individuals in 2016-2017. It is interesting to note, that 48 percent of the clients were female and 52 percent were male – a pretty even split.