Adam’s Place is our potential new jail diversion/prevention and veteran’s intervention homeless shelter serving St. Lucie County. The program is the product of collaboration among many agencies and stakeholders to provide services and supports to homeless veterans as well as homeless men who may face transport to jail with possible misdemeanor arrest charges and those who cycle from jail under misdemeanor charges of vagrancy, loitering and other minor crimes back to the streets.

The Jail Diversion/Prevention and Veterans Intervention Homeless Shelter program is designed to break the cycle of homelessness, incarceration and returning to homelessness by first providing a temporary “drop off” homeless 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 service intervention resulting in access to (stable) permanent housing. Services will be individualized and may include mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, and job training and/or placement.

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

More support is needed to get this project off the ground. 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.