West Palm Beach, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2020) – In their unanimous vote, CareerSource Palm Beach County’s board of directors has approved a new contract to award $300,000 in funding to The Lord’s Place for expanded services to the homeless and ex-offenders countywide.
“We are pleased that the board has approved this contract to help individuals who are homeless or previously incarcerated overcome barriers to obtaining and gaining meaningful employment.
CareerSource has provided $2 million in funding to The Lord’s Place over the last decade to augment its own programs and we look forward to working with them to expand these efforts,” said Julia Dattolo, interim president and CEO at CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in the county.
"The Lord's Place is so grateful for the support we receive from CareerSource to carry out our mission," said The Lord’s Place CEO Diana Stanley. “Housing and job training and placement are key to helping those we serve find their path out of homelessness. The expanded training and counseling this grant funds provides individuals who were once homeless or incarcerated the ability to achieve long-term stability in their lives.”
Earlier this week, CareerSource Palm Beach County announced that the organization also will offer job placement and training services to the homeless population in John Prince Park. These services can be provided at the park based on need and assessment:
- Job readiness assessments
- Registration in the EmployFlorida online state jobs database
- Resume and job search assistance
- Soft skills and job interview training
- Case management services to help find and maintain employment
“CareerSource is working in collaboration with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, County Administrator Verdenia Baker and other key stakeholder agencies and officials in responding to the critical need to help end the cycle of homelessness and unemployment in our county,” said Ms. Dattolo.
CareerSource offers classes and facilities for job searches, grants for job skills training for those who qualify, career development and consulting – all at no cost. During the past five program years, CareerSource Palm Beach County assisted 80,500 residents find employment, with salaries from these jobs creating $1.85 billion in annual wages. CareerSource also awarded $23 million in grants to area businesses and employees for job training and educational assistance during that time. More information is available at: www.careersourcepbc.com .
The Lord’s Place is dedicated to ending the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services for the homeless children, women and men in our Palm Beach County community. For more information visit www.thelordsplace.org or call 561.494.0125.