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February 15, 2017 Evening of
Dinner and Song

Featuring John Pizzarelli to benefit
The Lord’s Place

World-renowned guitarist and singer John PIzzarelli and his wife Jessica Molaskey will bring....

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In the Kitchen with... Massimo Marrou
By: Mary Thurwachter, Florida Weekly
October, 2016

"Homeless people always can find a good meal at The Lord's Place's Cafe Joshua.  Some of them learn how to cook good meals there, too, through Cafe Joshua's Culinary Apprenticeship program....  On hand to help them at Cafe Joshua is Chef de Cuisine Massimo Marrou...."

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Cancer survivor Bobbi Catron finds new purpose as TLP volunteer


Meet Bobbi Catron

When Bobbi Catron beat throat cancer, she felt she had been given a second chance at life and she wanted to give back to others.  Through a friend, she found out about volunteer opportunities for an experienced cook like herself at The Lord’s Place. 

“I was very weak from my cancer treatments when I started,” she said. “Cooking is tough, because you’re on your feet constantly and always on the move.  But that’s what I love to do.” 

“After the first seven days I was ready to quit.  I didn’t have energy.  But they wouldn’t let me quit.  They helped me.  I tell everyone they saved my life. I think they added a good 10 – 15 years on my life.” 

Bobbi said she is impressed with the quality of the culinary skills she sees in the chefs at The Lord’s Place.  “I have the honor of working with some of the most wonderful chefs who would make any restaurant proud,” she said.  “They insist that everything that goes out of that kitchen is just right.” 

Bobbi is glad to have the opportunity to serve others through skills she learned as a girl from her dad, who was a chef.  She went on to manage her own restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale for many years, Wynn’s Green Olive.  “I was famous for my home cooked meals,” she said.  “Everything was fresh and made from scratch.” 

In addition to helping the homeless through The Lord’s Place, Bobbi says her volunteer experience has been a blessing to her. 

“The people are so wonderful there,” she said.  “The name The Lord’s Place fits. They helped me and encouraged me at the same time as I was helping others.” 

In addition to her volunteer work in the Joshua Catering kitchen, Bobbi has also done cooking lessons for the women at Burckle Place. 

“They are beautiful ladies and I’m happy they’re getting a second chance,” Bobbi said.  “It makes me feel like I’m doing something good.”

The Lord's place, where labor is love, receives top accolades


Agency which helps the homeless is
ranked 7th among Best Midsized Companies
to work for in the State of Florida and wins

2016 Work Works Award.

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."  Steve Jobs


As we approach Labor Day, the employees at The Lord’s Place have a lot to celebrate.  The Lord’s Place has, for the third consecutive year, been named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For. In the listing compiled by Florida Trend magazine, The Lord Place was ranked 7th among best midsized companies to work for and again was the only non-profit ranked among Top 100 Best Companies.  In addition, The Lord’s Place was named a winner of the 2016 When Work Works Award honoring companies that excel at creating effective workplaces.  Criteria used to determine the winners of this award, bestowed on only 300 companies nationwide, include work/life balance policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs.  The When Work Works Awards program is administered by the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management. 

“We are so pleased for our agency and our employees to be honored with these awards,” said The Lord’s Place CEO Diana Stanley.  “We really do love our work at The Lord’s Place. These recognitions are a tribute to our commitment to our mission.”  

The Lord’s Place Social Enterprise Life Coach Dot Graham said, “It is my passion to help those in need. At The Lord’s Place we treat people with dignity and respect while helping them reclaim their lives.  I love my work.” 

The Lord’s Place has 97 employees working at six campuses to carry out its mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness in Palm Beach County by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community. 

The annual Best Companies list is featured in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine. One-hundred companies are ranked in small, medium and large employer categories. 

"Top companies provide excellent pay, health insurance, 401k plans, and other ‘hard’ benefits, but they also offer the leadership and communications that encourage employees to participate in the organization's overall success," says Florida Trend Publisher Andy Corty.   

To participate, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and have been in operation at least one year. Companies that chose to participate underwent an evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. 

The When Work Works Awards honor organizations that have created effective workplaces based on six evidence-based components that are linked with positive employee and employer outcomes: autonomy; work/life fit; supervisor support for work success; satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement; opportunities for learning; and a culture of trust. 

“These employers have excelled at creating effective workplaces yielding tremendously positive results for business success, as well as for their employees’ well-being and productivity,” said Ellen Galinsky, president of FWI. “Effective workplaces recognize that employees are an organization’s greatest resource and make a critical difference in the organization’s ability to not only survive, but to thrive.” 

For more information about The Lord’s Place visit or call 561-494-0125.


 volunteer spotlight
Meet Bryan Mitchell

When Lake Worth resident Brian Mitchell, 71, retired from his 40-year career as CEO and president of a Wall Street retail securities firm, he wanted to return to the experiences of helping others that he had enjoyed during his youth. 

"As far back as I remember, I've been volunteering for different projects, helping people help themselves," Mitchell said.

 Those experiences included volunteering on an Indian Reservation in North Dakota, helping to build a church in Germany and serving in low income neighborhoods in New York City. 

"Even when I was working on Wall Street, I dealt with older people on fixed income and tried to help them with financial planning," he said. "It's always been in my nature to try and help others. I enjoy it." 

Mitchell said that before volunteering at The Lord's Place he had no idea how serious the problem of homelessness was in Palm Beach County. "It's paradoxical that Palm Beach County has so much wealth but at the same time has such a big problem with homelessness," he said. 

For nearly two years, Mitchell has volunteered at The Lord's Place at least two days a week, teaching the job ready class, helping the homeless learn skills needed to re-enter the workforce and also serving meals to The Lord's Place clients in Café Joshua. 

He is also a volunteer teacher at an adult education center teaching GED classes, and a volunteer at the State Attorney General's office, where he helps residents address consumer complaints. 

 But he says his volunteer work at The Lord's Place is the most fulfilling. "I love to volunteer at The Lord's Place; it's my favorite place," he said. "I love working with the people and the staff. I would like to help them cultivate more volunteers who share the same passion I do to help the homeless help themselves." 


Local Teen gets opportunity to go to engineering summer program at Yale.
By: Tania Rogers,
July, 2016

"Ricardo Green is an amazing student... The 16 year old Forest Hill HIgh School student will spend a week at Yale University's summer program."

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SleepOut to help end homelessness in West Palm Beach
By: Palm Beach Post
April, 2016

The Palm Beach Post recommended that you SleepOut with us in their "To Do List".

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Soon, a new home for single, homeless women in Palm Beach County
By: Kevin D Thompson, Palm Beach Post
April, 2016

"Hope.  That's what Burckle Place, a program to help single homeless women get back on their feet, has meant to the women who have gone through it..."

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