Treasure Coast Veterans Receive $15,000 Donation to Adam’s Place Homeless Shelter

May 22, 2020

FORT PIERCE, FL – VITAS Healthcare, a hospice provider in Florida's Treasure Coast since July 2019, is marking Memorial Day by supporting services to veterans in Fort Pierce with a $15,000 donation to Adam’s Place, a 24-bed homeless shelter for area veterans.

Operated by the Salvation Army, Adam’s Place provides housing, counseling, and case management services to homeless men and veterans, in cooperation with the Fort Pierce Housing Authority, US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department.

Susan Acocella, general manager for VITAS in the Treasure Coast, presented the check on Thursday, May 21, at a ceremony attended by Adam’s Place Program Manager Grady Sams, staff members from The Salvation Army, and the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Department. VITAS of the Treasure Coast services patients with advanced illness throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties.

“VITAS has a proud history of supporting our communities and providing specialized care to our veteran patients and their families,” said Acocella. “We know that many veterans struggle with medical, emotional, and spiritual issues related to their military service. Our care teams make sure they receive the recognition and VA benefits they deserve for their service and sacrifice, and we tailor each veteran’s care plan according to their goals, wishes, and values. By supporting Adam’s Place, VITAS is extending our support to Fort Pierce, the Treasure Coast community, and our veterans in need.”

Adam’s Place began accepting veterans in January 2019 at its shelter at 609 N. 7th Street in Fort Pierce. Through interagency cooperation, it helps homeless men and veterans with job training, employment, transportation, and long-term housing. It also serves as a jail diversion program for veterans.

Founded in Miami in 1978, VITAS and its 6,700 Florida employees care for hospice patients and their families throughout 46 Florida counties. In 2019, its Florida programs provided more than $12 million in charity care.

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