This summer marks four years since the first homeless resource center opened in Palm Beach County. In that time the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center has helped 28,000 men, women and children find the resources to end their homelessness. On May 3, homeless advocates gathered at the Kravis Center for an annual luncheon to celebrate the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center’s success, honor those who have made a difference and map out what’s needed to help end homelessness in our community.
One potential solution came from the next generation of homeless advocates. The “Glocalizers,” a team of students from Rosarian Academy, outlined their vision to eliminate youth homelessness. Their idea to build temporary housing units out of recycled shipping containers has earned them the top ranking in the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Challenge.
Guests also applauded community organizations and residents who consistently tackle the issue of homelessness. GL Homes received the Community Partner of the Year Award for purchasing and serving served meals to guests at the Lewis Center, helping to furnish apartments for 53 formerly homeless individuals and donating more than $100,000. Ezra Krieg received the Champion of the Homeless Award for his more than two decades of service to end hunger and homelessness in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Former Palm Beach County Human Services Director Claudia Higgins Tuck was honored with the Public Service Award for her work to implement the Housing First Model in Palm Beach County, the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and citing the County’s first Homeless Resource Center. Diana Stanley, the CEO of The Lord’s Place, received the first ever Homeless Provider Award. Stanley is well known for creating a culture of compassion for those who are experiencing homelessness.