As a volunteer video producer, I've had numerous opportunities to work closely with both staff and the clients of The Lord's Place. I'm always impressed by the genuine concern and respect the staff has for their formerly homeless clients; and the long term planning, caring and compassion they bring to each person.
One of my most precious experiences is when I do in-depth interviews with the Lord's Place clients. I see up close how much the program has changed their lives, and how deeply grateful they are. The stories of redemption and change are among the most uplifting I had ever witnessed
I got the chance to volunteer with the Lords place two weeks ago with a group of high schoolers. We got a chance to work in a lot that they are working to turn into a park that will act as a space for kids to play as well as a community gathering garden, a place for people to be together. We had an incredible time working with the staff as well as some of older and younger members of the community. I was so warmed by the open arms that received us there. So grateful for this place.
I have been a volunteer at The Lord's Place for five years and it has been been amazing to see the work and results the staff performs. I have witnessed lives being changed in a very positive way and the satisfaction achieved for both clients and staff. It has been a privilege for me to be associated with The Lord's Place.
I have been a volunteer at the Lords Place for 17 years. I know first hand the excellent work that is accomplished. The Lords Place gives a hand up rather than a hand out.
The Lords Place does the most good for our county than any other non profit I volunteer for. I see first hand the valuable work they do. The Lords place gives a hand up not a hand out to end homelessness .
The Lord's Place is an amazing organization that does incredible good for the community it serves; I volunteered over the course of this summer and my expectations were far exceeded. The feel of the organization is familial: clients, volunteers, staff, and administration all work together seamlessly with humility and kindness. This organization changes lives of both the served and the serving, and I am honored to have been able to witness and partake in the wonderful things the Lord's Place does every single day.
having seen the compassion and the kindness that the volunteers and staff exhibit at The Lords Place it is clear that this is a very special place.
reading the review of the person who gave them one star it is apparent that the reviewers mitigating circumstances are very serious. but in my experience the front door at the lords place is a sanctuary filled with good people doing their best to help those people who are truly seeking to end their homelessness.
having spent many hours volunteering in the cafe, i have seen the staff sit down with individuals that most of us wouldnt even see driving down the street. i have seen them break bread with these folks and really work hard to find those folks the assistance they need.
It's not just what a charity does that is important, it's also how the charity shows their appreciation to the volunteers who help. It pleases me to say that The Lord's Place does both the best in my experience.
Thanks to the team that runs The Lords Place for making miracles in peoples lives, and for creating an environment where volunteers want to participate.
I have been volunteering at the Lord's Place for several years and they have been able to make a huge impact on south Florida. They have been able to successfully break the cycle of homelessness for hundreds of people while teaching and counseling them so they can be productive and self sufficient.
I worked part-time for this organization several years ago and currently serve in a volunteer capacity. I continue to be impressed by the way that The Lord's Place finds ways to effectively and creatively serve clients with a variety of life-changing programs. Their latest endeavors--including a revamped Cafe Joshua and the opening of the much-needed Burckle Place-- are shining examples of ways that their staff, board, and volunteers are serving and connecting with our community and making it a better place in which to live.
By donating and volunteering at The Lords Place, in particular the family campus, I was overwhelmed by the appreciation they showed. These families are trying so hard to better their lives and I was thrilled to help in any way. The road travelled is not easy but they make every effort to improve their situations. I cannot imagine not helping out.
I will begin my third year as a volulnteer at Cafe Joshua. The bulk of my time has been spent as a table companion. It is extremely rewarding for me . I never leave the table at the end of my shift that I do not feel I have had some kind of positive effect on the homeless I have been visiting with and encouraging. The Lords Place serves a vital community need and never stops impacting and assisting the homeless. The staff and the other volunteers approach it all with great positiveness.
My name is Fr. Bob and I am a volunteer on Thursdays during the winter at the Joshua Café. During my two years there I have been very impressed with the entire organization. I have learned so much about the many and varied programs that assist the men and women (and children) that arrive at their door seeking different types of assistance. Not only does the entire staff in the many programs offered direct them so well but they, in turn, appreciate the help they receive and respond so well. It's a delight to read each week the names of those who have secured a job and to listen to their individual stories as they move through their program. I have the greatest admiration for the staff and the clients. I look forward to each Thursday and intend to offer my assistance for years to come, God willing.It truly is an outstanding home to many.
As a priest and a volunteer at Joshua's Cafe, I express my satisfaction to the very highest degree for the loving care, dignity and concern the entire staff and volunteers at the Lord's Place show toward all the clients. I praised them on many occasions not only here in FL but also in CT during the summer months. I'm thrilled to be back once again to assist in their true ministry.
I volunteered at The Lord's Place in what they call Joshua's Cafe. Jan Phillips. who oversees the volunteer staff, is awesome! She and her staff treat the clients as humans with heartfelt needs, not as stats. I wish I had more time to vounteer there. They really make both the volunteers and clients feel welcomed.
I am a volunteer with The Lord's Place at Cafe Joshua. I have the gift of having lunch with clients of The Lord's Place every Monday. I use the word gift because that is what it is. It is an opportunity to give back to men, women and even children less fortunate than myself a sense of self worth. A kind word, encouragement, being treated as a special human being which we all are no matter what our circumstances. They all give me so much more than I CAN EVER GIVE THEM. Paula Chattin
I am a licensed social worker new to Florida and have been volunteering at The Lord's Place using my professional skills. Having worked for social service agencies for years, I am aware of those organizations who only exist for the benefit of the employees and to maximize payouts from entitlement programs. This is NOT the case with The Lord's Place! The level of caring-for a group of our population who few even know exists-is extrordinary. The staff is compassionate, genuinely enthusiastic and most professional. Perhaps I have made a difference by volunteering at The Lord's Place; I know that The Lord's Place has made a difference in my life!!
I have been a volunteer with The lord's Place, at Cafe Joshua for the past 5 years- I am so grateful to have the opportunity to interact with our clients- They have become homeless for various reasons-many of them, not by choice- but, they are all eager to return to the main stream life style and need the support and encouragement that The Lord's place offers them- As a volunteer, we are able to provide the friendship and understanding which is so gratifying to the client as well as the volunteer- Cathy H.
I have been a Lords Place volunteer and Cafe Joshua for over 20 years. I started at Cafe Joshua when it was located on 7th Street in WPB. I was also on the Board of Directors. When the Cafe and Lords Place merged, I merged too and came over to the Board of Directors of the Lords Place. Helping the homeless, and treating them with respect not only makes me feel great but I know i bring a smile to a face of someone. I feel I make a difference in a life by treating them with love and respect.
I am a 12 year volunteer for The Lord's Place. I am completely involved with the overall mission and overall productivity of The Lord's Place. Coming here every week and having conversations with the people and homeless, makes me feel more than ever impressed with what can be done when you offer conversation and the ability to listen. I am here because I can't believe how lucky I am compared to those who have no place to live, nowhere to go to school or no place to eat. The stories that come through day-by-day are amazing from what these people are able to do now that they weren't able to do before they came through The Lord's Place. There's more to The Lord's Place than just food and a place to live, there are educational opportunities (free of charge) on all kinds of skills. There are many apprenticeship opportunities. Once you come into The Lord's Place to give your time, you quickly learn that homeless individuals come here to become skilled persons so that they can change their entire lives. The Lord's Place does just that...it changes the lives of the homeless men and women and their children. The Lord's Place has a committed staff.