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Attorney for Victims Takes Time to Care

09/9/2009
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For attorneys who represent injured victims of personal injury giving back to the community is not new. Interestingly, the work done and promoted by these lawyers is often done quietly. For decades, trial lawyers have felt compelled to try and help those less blessed by life. We are proud to recognize one of our own, Partner Jack Scarola.

Jack Scarola has been involved with many helping organizations over the years, but he has been connected to The Lord’s Place, here in West Palm Beach, since its inception in 1979. Recently, Jack was named as Chairman of this organization and continues his deep involvement with them.

In a country as great as ours, no one should have to go hungry and no one should be without a home. Sadly, this is not the case:

  • 40% of homeless people went without anything to eat for at least one day in the last 30 days because they could not afford food.
  • 64% of homeless people report they have a problem with alcohol or drug use.  39% report they have mental health problems.
  • While homeless 79% have money or possessions stolen from them.
  • 44% have jobs that do not pay enough to keep a roof over their heads.
  • 60% of homeless women have children who live with them.
  • In Palm Beach County, approximately 4,000 individuals are homeless on any given day.  35% of those are children.
  • 83% of the homeless in Palm Beach County report they need multiple services to escape homelessness.
  • 89% of respondents are homeless for one year or less.

Think about some of these statistics. Every day in Palm Beach County, 1200 children are homeless. Nationwide, it is estimated that between 700,000 and 2,000,000 people are homeless everyday in this country.

We applaud the very difficult work done by groups such as the Lord’s Place and we are proud that Jack Scarola has taken the time since 1979 to care for those less fortunate. We could all learn from some of Jack’s words in explaining his vision for the Lord’s Place:

“…promoting an increased awareness of how much the quality of life for each of us depends on the quantity of our compassion for the less fortunate members of our community.”

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