Vita Nova celebrates safe center opening

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Vita Nova, a leader in helping young adults transition to independence, hosted a grand opening celebration June 5 to announce its newest program, the Spot, a safe and non-judgmental drop-in center for homeless youth ages 18-25.

Nearly 100 supporters and local dignitaries including West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio were in attendance. Following the ribbon-cutting, guests toured Vita Nova and the Spot, located at 2724 N. Australian Ave. in West Palm Beach.

For homeless youth who don’t know where to turn or are unsure of the next step, the Spot is a welcoming place that will link them to resources and programming aimed at eliminating or reducing their risk of homelessness.

At the Spot, youth receive an initial assessment and life skills training. They are also linked with other resources to meet housing, health care, employment, education and overall wellness needs.

“It is critical that we have services to nurture youth, but more important than that, to surround them with a positive network to make them successful and help them get to the next level,” said Vita Nova CEO Jeff DeMario. “I am grateful to everyone who attended our grand opening celebration and to our board of directors and funders for helping us open the first drop-in center for older foster youth and homeless youth in the county.”

To learn more, go online to vitanovainc.org/the-spot.

Pictured above: Vita Nova CEO Jeff DeMario, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and the Vita Nova team celebrate the grand opening in June of Vita Nova’s newest program, the Spot, a safe and non-judgmental drop-in center for homeless youth ages 18-25. Photo by Gina Fontana

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