'Project Daily Encounter' helping the homeless in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - "I was in a nursing home, " said Beverly Bloomfield.

She left a nursing home in Ohio to live with a relative in Jacksonville. She says she was kicked out and ended up homeless in West Palm Beach, living behind a dumpster.

"People would see me back there they would drive up and would hand me money, they would hand me cigarettes, I mean they helped me out there," said Beverly.

Fourteen people, including Beverly, were picked up by West Palm Beach Police officers and brought to the Vickers House South in order to get their lives back on track.

'Project Daily Encounter' is more than just the police department and the Vickers House.

Lela Jordan with the resource center said, "When people come to us and need help we just try to do the best we can to help them. With the community resources that we can get we are lucky we have had a lot of support from the community."

Beverly now has some food, clothes and a way to get back home.

"Because I am a resident of Ohio that it is hard to put me in a homeless shelter here, and that they would get me a bus ticket back to Ohio," she said.

Officers volunteered Thursday to help reach out to those who are living on the streets to give them a second chance.

The Vickers House hopes more officers will get involved.

"I'm always trying to help people, so if the police department wants to do something like this again, we are always willing to help and do it. And I think it's a great thing that these two officers really wanted to do something nice for people."
 

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