DELRAY BEACH, FL July 31, 2018 – The James L. Duncan Conference Center and The Lord’s Place have formed a partnership that will expand dining and catering options for clients of both organizations. Under the arrangement announced today, The Lord’s Place Joshua Catering social enterprise will cater all events held at the Duncan Center, and the two organizations will market the center as a venue for weddings and other special life event celebrations.
“We are delighted to join forces with The Lord’s Place to offer new hospitality services to the wide range of organizations we currently serve and to introduce the center to other groups and individuals in the local area,” said Patricia Jordan, interim executive director of the Duncan Center. “Frequently-changing seasonal menus, expanded serving hours and choices for how meals are served will enhance clients’ ability to tailor meals for their group’s preferences and needs.”
The Lord’s Place is excited about this opportunity to partner with such a well-regarded organization as the Duncan Center,” said The Lord’s Place CEO Diana Stanley. “Together we will meet the needs of those we serve and bring high quality food service to the public while offering valuable professional experience for our clients.”
The Lord’s Place will operate a kitchen on the Duncan Center campus. It will be staffed by an experienced executive chef and a brigade of front and back of the house professionals. The facility will be fully-licensed by the State of Florida for both food service and beverages.
The Duncan Center, established by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida in 1985, is located on five acres in Delray Beach. The campus includes lodging for up to 80 people, dining facilities, meeting spaces to accommodate 10 to 150 people, a chapel, two labyrinths, and a swimming pool/spa area. In addition to local, Diocesan and national Episcopal Church groups, clients include churches of other denominations, synagogues, meditation groups, medical education providers, professional and corporate trainers, recovery groups, non-profits, as well as families and individuals seeking private retreat space. For more information, visit duncancenter.org or call (561) 496-4130.
For more than 35 years, Lord’s Place has worked to break the cycle of homelessness in Palm Beach County. It serves 1,600 people annually through more than two dozen programs including Supportive Housing on five campuses, Employment Services, Social Enterprises including The Lord’s Place Thrift Shop and Joshua Catering Company, Re-entry for men and women who have recently been released from incarceration, and S.O.A.R., which engages sheltered and unsheltered men and women, providing quick access to life saving health benefits including disability income and food stamps. Of those in The Lord’s Place programs, 94 percent were not homeless by the end of the year and 61 percent of The Lord’s Place social enterprise trainees in culinary arts, clerical, and retail operations received jobs. For more information visit thelordsplace.org or call 561-494-0125.