Adam’s Place is our potential new jail diversion/prevention and veterans intervention homeless shelter serving St. Lucie County. The program, still in development, is the product of collaboration among many agencies and stakeholders to provide services to homeless veterans as well as homeless men who may face transport to jail with possible misdemeanor arrest charges.

The Jail Diversion/Prevention and Veterans Intervention Homeless Shelter program is designed to break the cycle of homelessness, incarceration and subsequent return to homelessness by first providing temporary “drop off” shelter housing and basic needs care and then conducting preliminary screening of individual needs, followed by referral to support agencies that provide comprehensive case management and services resulting in stable housing. Services will be individualized and may include mental health or substance abuse treatment as well as job training and placement.

Some of the partner agencies that have already indicated a willingness to participate are The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Pierce, Catholic Charities, New Horizons, Veterans Affairs, St. Lucie Veterans Services, VA Social Services, Sarah’s Kitchen, American Legion, Fort Pierce Yacht Club, CareerSource and The Salvation Army.

We are currently seeking letters of support from local governmental and community leaders and agencies to help us obtain final approval to open by 2019. If you are interested in being a part of this very worthwhile cause, contact Clyde Preston, Salvation Army Regional Resource Development Director, at 954-856-5391 or clyde.preston@uss.salvationarmy.org.